A Delhi court on Saturday asked the counsels appearing for former Union Minister MJ Akbar and journalist Priya Ram if is there any scope of settlement between the two in the ongoing defamation case.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Ravindra Kumar Pandey of Rouse Avenue court observed that Akbar's criminal defamation case against Priya Ram is compoundable in nature and asked, "is there any scope of compromise?"
Advocate Bhavook Chauhan, representing Priya Ram, replied that he did not think the matter can be compounded due to facts related to the case being peculiar. However, the court suggested the senior counsels talk to each other and inform if there is any possibility for settlement.
The final argument was earlier heard by then ACMM Vishal Pahuja, who has now been transferred. Thereafter, ACMM Ravindra Kumar Pandey began hearing the final argument and asked Akbar's counsel and Senior Advocate Geeta Luthra to make a brief submission today.
Advocate Geeta Luthra, appearing for Akbar, told the court that Ram made derogatory allegations against Akbar in the article, which tarnished and lowered her client's reputation.
After hearing the brief submission, the court listed the matter for further hearing on November 24. During the hearing today, the court also suggested that the matter can be taken up on a day-to-day basis.
MJ Akbar, the former Minister of State for the Ministry of External Affairs, had filed a defamation case against the journalist Priya Ram for accusing him of sexual misconduct. Akbar had on October 17, 2018, resigned as the union minister after his name cropped up on social media as the #MeToo campaign raged on in India.
Ram had accused Akbar of sexual misconduct, a charge denied by him.
( With inputs from ANI )
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