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Recording of witnesses' statements ends in Akbar defamation case

IANS  |  New Delhi 

A on Friday concluded the recording of complainant witnesses in the case filed by former Union against who accused him of

Testifying, Akbar's former Rachna Goel, his Manzar Ali, a and Tapan Chaki defended the and said the former Minister's standing had been was tarnished by Ramani's allegations.

"This has damaged his reputation which he has built up over the years of his hard work," Goel told

Goel told the court that during her 10 years of working with Akbar, she found him to be a professional and never heard any complaint of inappropriate behaviour against him.

"Akbar has been very professional, very encouraging and has been very helpful in grooming and building up careers," Goel said.

Chaki said that Akbar was a gentleman, a hard taskmaster, a man of impeccable credentials and very well mannered.

The three witnesses said that they were shocked after reading Ramani's tweet.

The court will hear arguments on the issue of by summoning Ramani on January 22.

The court was hearing the case against Ramani filed by the former of State for External Affairs, who is now with the

Ramani was the first in a long list of women journalists to accuse Akbar of

The statement of seven witnesses including Akbar were recorded.

Akbar's told the court that Ramani's defamatory statements had damaged his image, lowering his esteem in the eyes of the public.

A member, Akbar has denied all the charges against him as "false, wild and baseless".



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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 17:58 IST