#MeToo | Judge hearing MJ Akbar’s defamation case against Priya Ramani seeks transfer of case

The Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate said since the case in hand is not filed against against an MP or MLA, it needs to be transferred to the ‘Competent Court of Jurisdiction’.

After hearing for two years, a court of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate on Tuesday asked the District Judge to transfer the criminal defamation complaint of former union minister MJ Akbar against journalist Priya Ramani to another judge on the ground that the court was designated to hear cases filed against lawmakers.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Vishal Pahuja, who had started the final arguments in the case on February 7 this year, said the case in hand is not filed against against an MP or MLA and needs to be transferred to the “Competent Court of Jurisdiction”.

Mr Pahuja said his court (court of ACMM) was designated to try the cases filed against the lawmakers by a circular passed on February 23, 2018 and since this case was not filed against MP/MLA , he was marking the matter to Principal District and Sessions Judge to consider re-assigning the case to another Metropolitan Magistrate.

Mr Akbar had filed the criminal defamation complaint against Ms Ramani in March 2018.

If transferred before another court, the judge would start hearing the final arguments again.

As the present matter is not filed against MP/MLA, hence, cannot be tried by this court and needs to be transferred to the Competent Court of Jurisdiction.

“Let this matter be put up before the court of Principal District and Sessions Judge (Rouse Avenue District Courts) for October 14 for further appropriate orders, the ACMM said.

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