Akbar made me feel unsafe, Ramani tells court

Akbar made me feel unsafe, Ramani tells court

New Delhi: A Delhi Court on Friday concluded the recording of statement of journalist Priya Ramani in the defamation case filed against her by former Union minister M.J. Akbar. The statement was recorded before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Samar Vishal who after recording the statements posted the matter for defence evidence on September 7. In …

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Akbar made me feel unsafe, Ramani tells court

New Delhi: A Delhi Court on Friday concluded the recording of statement of journalist Priya Ramani in the defamation case filed against her by former Union minister M.J. Akbar.

The statement was recorded before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Samar Vishal who after recording the statements posted the matter for defence evidence on September 7.

In her statement, Ramani said, “I was 23 when the complainant (M.J. Akbar), the editor of the soon-to-be launched Asian Age newspaper called me to his hotel for a job interview. When I got there I expected the interview to be in the lobby or the coffee shop, but Akbar insisted that I come up to his room. I was young, it was my first job interview, I did not know that I could refuse, I did not know that I could set the terms of my interview.”

She added, “When I reached his room, it was an intimate space essentially his bedroom and I was deeply uncomfortable and felt unsafe at Mr Akbar’s repeated inappropriate personal questions, his offer of an alcoholic beverage, his loud singing of songs and his invitation to sit close to him. Later that night, I called my friend Nilofer Venkatrama and told her what had happened.

“It is false that my tweets affected Akbar’s reputation. I spoke the truth and there was no deliberate attempt to harm Akbar’s reputation,” she said.

Responding to question on the case against her, she said, “This is a false and malicious case filed to create a chilling effect among all the women who spoke out about their experiences of sexual harrasment at the hands of Mr Akbar.

“It is an attempt to intimidate me by deliberately targeting me. Akbar seeks to divert attention from the serious allegations of sexual misconduct against him and the public outrage that followed,” she said.

During the course, she also said her allegations were not against Akbar’s reputation as a writer or an author. “My allegations related to being sexually harrassed and his conduct as an editor of a daily newspaper. My words were not false or offensive,” she added.

The court was hearing a criminal defamation complaint filed by Akbar against the journalist for accusing him of sexual misconduct.

Following the allegations, the then Minister for State (MoS) Foreign Affairs had to quit the post.

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AAP’s Alka Lamba marshalled out of Delhi Assembly

AAP’s Alka Lamba marshalled out of Delhi Assembly

New Delhi: Hours after the Speaker Ram Niwas Goel on Friday marshalled out a BJP MLA from the Delhi Assembly and suspended another, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) rebel legislator Alka Lamba was also marshalled out of the House.At the time of her ejection, Lamba, the MLA from Chandni Chowk, was criticising the Delhi government …

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AAP’s Alka Lamba marshalled out of Delhi Assembly

New Delhi: Hours after the Speaker Ram Niwas Goel on Friday marshalled out a BJP MLA from the Delhi Assembly and suspended another, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) rebel legislator Alka Lamba was also marshalled out of the House.

At the time of her ejection, Lamba, the MLA from Chandni Chowk, was criticising the Delhi government and alleged that at least two families had been forced to purchase medicines from private chemists while they were being treated at the capital’s government-run G.B. Pant Hospital.

Lamba, who is not on the same page as the party, said that while the Delhi government has been claiming that people in the city were being given free medical facilities and medicines, families, however, were being forced to take loans for treatment in government hospitals.

Lamba raised the issue in the Assembly as a Special Mention. 

Responding to her claim, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said he would look into the matter, adding that the hospital in question is under heavy load of patients as it also caters to people from neighbouring Uttar Pardesh.

He said people have to wait in queue to get medicines, at times, for as long as six hours.

At this point, while the Speaker asked Lamba to conclude on the topic as the Minister had given his assurance on the matter, Lamba continued to raise the issue.

After requesting her several times to take her seat while she continued speaking, the Speaker ordered her to be marshalled out of the House untill the tea break.

AAP MLA Lamba has been vocal against her party since last year. She has also announced that she will contest the next Assembly polls as an independent candidate.

Earlier in the day, Goel suspended BJP MLA and Leader of Opposition, Vijender Gupta, for the duration of the session for using “unparliamentary language” in the House.

As soon as the session started, Gupta led fellow Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLAs O.P. Sharma, Jagdish Pradhan and Majinder Singh Sirsa in creating a ruckus in the House, demanding a discussion on the abrogation of the constitutional Article 370 that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

While Gupta was suspended from the House, Sirsa was marshalled out.


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Economic slowdown matter of deep concern: Kejriwal

Economic slowdown matter of deep concern: Kejriwal

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said the economic slowdown is a matter of deep concern for the nation and promised the Centre that the city government will support it in the process.Speaking to the media after laying the foundation stone for two new campuses at Rohini and Dheerpur village for Ambedkar University, …

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Economic slowdown matter of deep concern: Kejriwal

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said the economic slowdown is a matter of deep concern for the nation and promised the Centre that the city government will support it in the process.

Speaking to the media after laying the foundation stone for two new campuses at Rohini and Dheerpur village for Ambedkar University, Delhi (AUD), he said he is personally more concerned about the job losses.

“From last few days, there has been talk in the media. I believe it is a matter of deep concern for all of us. Numerous sectors are facing the heat of economic slowdown. I believe that the Centre will take concrete steps in the direction,” he said.

He also said that all have to make efforts to improve the situation.

“Whatever steps the Centre will take, I assure that the Delhi government will support it fully,” the Chief Minister said.

Speaking about the works done by his government, he said the number of seats for higher education have gone from 1.1 lakh to 1.5 lakh since 2015.

“At present the capacity of Ambedkar University is 3,400 and with the completion of these campuses within the next three to four years, it will be increased to 8,000.”

Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia, who was also present at the inauguration, said the government has opened 16 new colleges in the last five years.

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Roommate held for sodomising 25-year-old

A 25-year-old has been allegedly sodomised by his roommate in north-west Delhi’s Mukherjee Nagar, the police said on Thursday.The accused has been arr

A 25-year-old has been allegedly sodomised by his roommate in north-west Delhi’s Mukherjee Nagar, the police said on Thursday.The accused has been arr