New Delhi: A Delhi court on Wednesday examined two more witnesses in connection with the defamation complaint filed by former Union Minister M.J. Akbar against journalist Priya Ramani after she levelled sexual harassment charges against him. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Samar Vishal after examining Akbar’s witnesses, Tapan Chaki and Sunil Gujral, posted the matter for hearing on August 2.
During the cross-examination, Gujral said, “In my capacity as a neighbour, friend and colleague, I had never heard anything negative about him. I found him a hardworking man, keeping long working hours and travelling for political stories.” On the allegations, Gujral said, “It tarnished Akbar’s image in my eyes and in the eyes of others. A lot of people who are our friends, acquaintances and business associates started contacting me to understand and to know what was happening as it came as a surprise to most.”
Deposing before the court, Chaki said, “It’s incorrect to suggest that I am tutored witness.” (IANS)