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#MeToo: Time to tell our side of the story, says Ramani after court summons

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

"Time to tell our side of the story :)", was the expression of Priya Ramani, who was Tuesday summoned as an accused by a for allegedly defaming former M J by levelling allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

Ramani, who accused of sexual misconduct 20 years ago when he was a journalist, to to react after the court summoned her for February 25.

She was the first among 20-odd female journalists who accused of sexual misconduct as the #MeToo campaign raged on in

The women claimed to have worked with Akbar in 1990s and included Ghazala Wahab, Shuma Raha, and

In its order, the court said the allegations made by Ramani against Akbar were "prima facie defamatory" and he had denied all the accusations as "false and imaginary".

It also said that "at this stage, the court only has the version of the complainant, who has on oath deposed in court that all the allegations made are false and further brought witnesses to vouch for his impeccable and unblemished reputation".

Akbar, who resigned as on October 17, last year had filed a private criminal defamation complaint against Ramani after his name cropped up on when he was in Nigeria, claiming that all the allegations against him were false.

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First Published: Tue, January 29 2019. 19:30 IST