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Disclosure Of Sexual Harassment Was For Public Good, Priya Ramani Tells Court

During the #MeToo movement, Priya Ramani in 2018 accused MJ Akbar of sexual misconduct around 20 years ago when he was a journalist.

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New Delhi: Journalist Priya Ramani told a Delhi court on Saturday that her remarks alleging sexual harassment by former Union minister MJ Akbar were “her truth” which she disclosed in “good faith” for the “public good” and, therefore, do not amount to defamation.

Ms Ramani submitted this before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vishal Pahuja through her lawyer during the final hearing of a private criminal defamation complaint filed by Akbar against her.

During the #MeToo movement, Ms Ramani in 2018 accused MJ Akbar of sexual misconduct around 20 years ago when he was a journalist.

MJ Akbar resigned as Union minister on October 17, 2018.

Senior advocate Rebecca John, appearing for Ms Ramani, told the court on Saturday that as per law it is not defamation to impute anything which is true concerning any person if it is for the public good.

“A true imputation made in the public good is not defamation… it is not defamation to make an imputation on the character of another when it is made in good faith for the protection of his or other’s interest,” she told the court during a virtual hearing.

Ms John further said that “Priya Ramani’s alleged defamatory tweets and the Vogue article were her truth. I am saying this is my (Ramani’s) truth… it is the truth, is in good faith, touching public good.”

The court will further hear the arguments on September 8.

MJ Akbar had earlier told the court that Ms Ramani had defamed him by using adjectives such as “media’s biggest predator” against him that harmed his reputation.

MJ Akbar has denied all the allegations of sexual harassment against the women who came forward during the #MeToo campaign against him.

MJ Akbar had told the court that the allegations made in an article in the ”Vogue” and the subsequent tweets were defamatory on the face of it as the complainant had deposed them to be false and imaginary and that “immediate damage” was caused to him due to the “false” allegations by Priya Ramani.

Ms Ramani had earlier told the court that her “disclosure” of alleged sexual harassment by MJ Akbar has come at “a great personal cost” and she had “nothing to gain” from it.

She had said her move would empower women to speak up and make them understand their rights at the workplace.

Several women came up with accounts of the alleged sexual harassment by MJ Akbar him while they were working as journalists under him.

He has termed the allegations “false, fabricated and deeply distressing” and said he was taking appropriate legal action against them.

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Over 1700 challans issued on Dussehra for violating Covid norms

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New Delhi, Oct 25: The Delhi Police issued over 1,793 challans on Sunday on the occasion of Dussehra for violation of COVID-19 norms, officials said.

A total of 1,711 challans were issued to those who were found not wearing masks, 18 challans for spitting and 64 challans were issued to those found violating social distancing norms, according to the Delhi Police data.

A total of 1,793 challans have been issued for various violations till 4 p.m. on Sunday, officials said.

Citing the collective data, the Delhi Police said since June 1,54,26,561 challans have been issued for mask violation, 3,112 challans for spitting and 33,439 challans for violation of social distancing norms.

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IndiGo bars nine journalist for 15 days for ‘unruly behaviour’

The incident occurred onboard flight ‘6E 264’, which was on its way to Mumbai from Chandigarh, on September 9.

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New Delhi, Oct 25 : IndiGo has banned nine journalists for 15 days for alleged unruly behaviour on a flight with Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut onboard.

The development comes after the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) asked the airline to take action against the passengers responsible for unruly behaviour and protocol violations on the flight.

The incident occurred onboard flight ‘6E 264’, which was on its way to Mumbai from Chandigarh, on September 9.

The ban is underway and would end on October 30.

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RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das tests positive for coronavirus

RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das tests positive for coronavirus

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Mumbai: Reserve Bank of India Governor Shaktikanta Das tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday, he announced in a Twitter post.

“I have tested COVID-19 positive. Asymptomatic.Feeling very much alright.Have alerted those who came in contact in recent days.Will continue to work from isolation. Work in RBI will go on normally. I am in touch with all Dy. Govs and other officers through VC and telephone,” Governor Das wrote.

Governor Das is one of the many high-profile individuals who have been infected by Covid-19 in recent months in India as the pandemic raged. However, the rate of growth of positive cases has come down off-late.

India now has recorded a total of 77,61,312 COVID-19 cases, as per the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data. The death toll from COVID-19 has now touched 1,17,306.

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