Akbar-Ramani Case May Be Transferred Due to SC Directions: Court
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Vishal Pahuja, on Tuesday, 13 October, informed that, only matters filed against MPs and MLAs can be listed before the Rouse Avenue Court, where the defamation case brought on by ex-MP MJ Akbar against journalist Priya Ramani was being heard so far. He cited Supreme Court directions as the reason for the same.
10月13日星期二，另一名大都会治安法官Vishal Pahuja通知说，只有针对国会议员和MLA提起的案件才能列入劳斯大道法院，到目前为止，前国会议员MJ Akbar对记者Priya Ramani提起的诽谤案正在审理中。他援引最高法院的指示作为同样的原因。
ACMM Pahuja further informed that the matter will now be listed before a District and Sessions Judge, on Thursday, for appropriate orders.If the case is transferred, it can be expected that the final arguments will have to be made all over again.
Incidentally, MJ Akbar’s lawyer Geeta Luthra was going to give her rebuttal, on Tuesday, to to defence counsel Rebecca John’s final arguments.
顺便说一句，MJ Akbar的律师Geeta Luthra将在周二对她对辩护律师丽贝卡·约翰(Rebecca John)的最后论点进行反驳。
Ramani’s lawyer Rebecca John quoted US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as she concluded her final arguments in the case, on 19 September.
拉马尼的律师丽贝卡·约翰(Rebecca John)在9月19日结束了对此案的最后辩论时引用了美国最高法院法官鲁思·巴德·金斯伯格(Ruth Bader Ginsburg)的话。
In her arguments, Rebecca John had said that Priya Ramani was being “targeted selectively” to halt the avalanche of allegations against Akbar; and addressed claims of Akbar’s “impeccable reputation.”
丽贝卡·约翰(Rebecca John)在她的辩论中曾表示，普里亚·拉马尼(Priya Ramani)是“有选择的目标”，以阻止针对阿克巴的雪崩指控；并回应了有关阿克巴“无可挑剔的声誉”的说法。
“I would like to highlight at this point that the (Vogue) article deals with both Akbar and other male bosses,” Rebecca John had said, beginning her final arguments before a Delhi Court on 5 September.
She also pointed out that Ramani had pleaded “truth” as her defence, “made in good faith, in public interest, and for public good”, and went on to cite exceptions 1 and 9 interlinked with exception 3 to Section 499 of the Indian Penal Code.
In a 2017 article about sexual predators in workplace, written for Vogue, Ramani had described her own ordeal of having been sexually harassed by a former boss. A year later, in the wake of the #MeToo Movement, Ramani had alleged on social media that the former boss had, in fact, been Akbar.
Akbar had subsequently filed a criminal defamation case against Ramani, asserting that Ramani’s allegations were false and that it had cost him his “stellar reputation”.