Indian minister files defamation case against journalist over harassment allegations

Source: Xinhua| 2018-10-15 22:10:51|Editor: Shi Yinglun
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NEW DELHI, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) -- India's junior foreign minister and a former editor M J Akbar filed a defamation case on Monday against woman journalist Priya Ramani, officials said.

"The minister has filed a defamation suit against the journalist in Delhi's Patiala house court through his advocates," an official said.

On Sunday after his return from a foreign trip Akbar issued a statement in which he called the allegations of misconduct false, fabricated and "spiced up by innuendo and malice.

Ramani was the first to accuse Akbar of sexual harassment. She in an article published last year described how an acclaimed newspaper editor called her for a job interview to his "plush south Mumbai hotel" when she was 23 and he was 43.

After her around 11 other women journalists alleged they have faced similar harassment at the hands of Akbar.

The opposition parties including Congress and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) are demanding resignation of Akbar following the allegations.

Delhi Commission for Women Chairperson Swati Maliwal on Friday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asking him to sack Akbar.