Ramani’s cross-examination was also supposed to take place on Friday. , Akbar’s counsel Geeta Luthra requested for another date, as she wanted to cross-examine Ramani after Venkatraman’s cross-examination.
"I felt compelled to speak up about my experience with Akbar in 1993 and so I removed the anonymity that I had given to Akbar in my Vogue article and named him as the editor who had sexually harassed me," deposed Ramani.
Akbar, who had resigned as minister on October 17 last year following the allegations levelled during the campaign, vehemently objected to the questions of Ramani's counsel about other women scribes who had also accused him of sexual misconduct.
Ramani, along with many other women, had levelled allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment against the former Minister of State (MoS) for External Affairs. But Akbar pursued legal action against Ramani after resigning from his post on October 17, 2018.
Although several women levelled allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment against the BJP leader, he, after resigning as Minister of State (MoS) for External Affairs on October 17 last year, filed a defamation lawsuit against Ramani alone.
Akbar, who resigned as Union minister on October 17 last year, filed a private criminal defamation complaint against Ramani after his name cropped up on social media as the #MeToo campaign raged on in India.