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The complaint, filed through advocate Sandeep Kapur, seeks issuance of notice to Ramani under Section 499 (defamation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Edited by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: October 15, 2018 21:57 IST ]

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Union Minister MJ Akbar, who has been surrounded with sexual harassment allegations, filed a private criminal defamation case against one of the several women journalists who accused him of sexual misconduct as the #MeToo campaign raged in India.

Akbar, who is the Minister of State for External Affairs, has roped in as many as 97 lawyers to fight his case against one woman journalist. 

The minister moved Delhi's Patiala House Court today accusing journalist Priya Ramani of "wilfully, deliberately, intentionally and maliciously" defaming him and has sought her prosecution under the penal provision on defamation.

"The complainant (Akbar) also had a long career in journalism, he launched India's first weekly political news magazine...," the complaint said and listed out defamatory imputations made by Ramani on social media against him.

Whilst it is apparent that the accused has resorted to a series of maliciously serious allegations which she is diabolically and viciously spreading in media, it is also apparent that false narrative against the complainant (Akbar) is being circulated in a motivated manner for the fulfilment of an agenda, the complaint said.

It termed as "scandalous" the allegations made by Ramani against Akbar and said "very tone and tenor" are ex-facie defamatory and they have not only damaged his goodwill and reputation in his social circle but also affected Akbar's reputation in the community and friends, family and colleagues and caused irreparable loss and tremendous distress.

The complaint, filed through advocate Sandeep Kapur, seeks issuance of notice to Ramani under Section 499 (defamation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Section 500 of the IPC provides that an accused may be awarded two years jail term or fine or both in the event of conviction.

Hours after returning from a trip to Africa, Akbar had termed allegations of sexual harassment levelled against him by several women as "false, fabricated and deeply distressing" and said he was taking appropriate legal action against them.

Akbar's name cropped up on social media when he was in Nigeria.

The women, who accused Akbar of sexual harassment, included Priya Ramani, Ghazala Wahab, Shuma Raha, Anju Bharti and Shutapa Paul.

Here's the list of 97 lawyers who have been roped in to fight MJ Akbar's case:

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97 lawyers to fight MJ Akbar's case

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