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Court records statements of 3 witnesses in defamation complaint by M J Akbar

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A Friday recorded the statements of three more witnesses in support of case filed by and politician M J Akbar against his former woman colleague who had levelled allegations of against him.

The three witnesses -- Tapan Chaki, Manjar Ali and Rachna Grover -- who were associated with Akbar earlier deposed before

They said they were extremely "distressed and dismayed" as grave damage has been caused to his reputation due to the allegations.

The court has now fixed January 22 as next date of hearing when arguments on summoning would be heard.

Akbar, who resigned as on October 17 last year, had filed a private criminal complaint in the court against Ramani after his name cropped up on the when he was in Nigeria, as the #MeToo campaign raged on in

Ramani has accused Akbar of around 20 years ago, which was denied by him.

It had earlier recorded the statements of Akbar and Joyeeta Basu, the of Sunday Guardian, in the matter.

Akbar had earlier told the court in his statement that an "immediate damage" has been caused to him due to the "scurrilous", concocted and false allegations of levelled against him.

Multiple women have come out with accounts of alleged sexual harassment by him while he was working as a

He had termed the allegations "false, fabricated and deeply distressing" and said he was taking appropriate legal action against them.

Expressing her readiness to fight the allegations, Ramani had said, "Rather than engage with the serious allegations that many women have made against him, he seeks to silence them through intimidation and harassment.

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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 20:20 IST