"There is no story". He said the reason why they remained silent for decades was very apparent: As Ramani has herself stated, "I never did anything". It clearly establishes they had no apprehension and discomfort. "Why has this storm risen a few months before the General Election?"
Chetan Bhagat, a bestselling author, made a public apology after a woman posted screenshots of a conversation in which he said he was trying to "woo" her. Alok Nath, an actor, has been threatened with expulsion from an industry organisation after he was accused of raping the screenwriter Vinta Nanda, an allegation he denies.
Akbar has in his complaint sought Ramani's prosecution under Section 500 of the Indian Penal Code "for willfully, deliberately, intentionally and maliciously defaming the Complainant, on wholly and completely false, frivolous, unjustifiable and scandalous grounds and thereby, harming the goodwill and reputation of the Complainant, within the political fraternity, media, friends, family, colleagues and in society at large". "I could not reply earlier as I was on an official tour overseas". I have evidence. I am disappointed but not surprised by his statement.
I began this piece with my MJ Akbar story.
While Ms Ramani said, "Akbar has made a decision to brazen it out".
Though there is little political cost to the BJP if Akbar goes, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has had a track record since his time as chief minister of Gujarat of backing his ministers even when they have faced criminal charges and have been chargesheeted. Those who have spoken up against Akbar have done so at a great risk to their personal and professional lives, the statement read.
Former Mint Lounge Editor Priya Ramani, who wrote about a predatory "celebrity editor" without naming anyone in a piece past year, on Monday publicly identified Akbar as the central character of her article.
"Needless to say, I am ready to fight allegations of defamation laid against me as truth and the absolute truth is my only defence", she said in a statement. Never named him because he didn't "do" anything. "Lots of women have worse stories about this predator". Following Priya's allegations, six other women came forward and revealed how they were also harassed and violated by Akbar.
All these accounts paint a picture of a man, who is brilliant, erudite, the venerated editor who used his position and charm to prey on young, talented and ambitious women.
The UK-based journalist alleged that Akbar asked her to his hotel room and made unwanted advances, including asking her to sit on his bed. "He mostly preyed on young women who lived alone, loved their jobs and were bright and ambitious".
Union Minister MJ Akbar reportedly tendered his resignation on Sunday. Swaraj chose not to answer the question and walked away, which can be seen in the video below.
One of India's most influential editors, he has edited leading English-language newspapers such as The Telegraph and The Asian Age.
Advocate Kapur said that Akbar was a veteran journalist and had authored several renowned books.
He joined BJP ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. He is married with two children.