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Chronology of events in Akbar's defamation case against scribe Priya Ramani

Chronology of events in Akbar's defamation case against scribe Priya Ramani

New Delhi, Jan 29 (PTI) The following is the chronology of events in which a Delhi court Tuesday summoned scribe Priya Ramani as an accused in a defamation case filed by former Union minister M J Akbar after she levelled allegations of sexual misconduct against him. - Oct 15, 2018: Akbar files a private criminal defamation complaint against journalist Ramani who had levelled against him charges of sexual misconduct, when he was a journalist 20 years ago, in the #MeToo campaign. - Oct 17: Akbar steps down as Minister of State for External Affairs after several other women allege him of sexual misconduct. - Oct 18: Court takes cognisance of Akbar's complaint and fixes it for recording of his statement. - Oct 31: Akbar appears before court to record his statement, calls allegations of sexual misconduct levelled against him "scurrilous", concocted and false. - Nov 12: Joyeeta Basu, the editor of Sunday Guardian and former colleague of Akbar, tells court that Ramani posted all her tweets "intentionally with a purpose to harm" Akbar's "reputation and goodwill". - Dec 7: Akbar's two former colleagues, Sunil Gujral and Veenu Sandal depose as witnesses in support of defamation case filed by Akbar. - Jan 11, 2019: Tapan Chaki, Manjar Ali and Rachna Grover, who were associated with Akbar earlier record statements in support of case filed by Akbar. - Jan 22: Court reserves for January 29 its order on whether to summon Ramani as an accused in the defamation case. - Jan 29: Court summons Ramani to appear on February 25. PTI LLP SA