Both the parties in the MJ Akbar's criminal defamation case against senior journalist Priya Ramani informed the court that the chances of reaching a compromise is bleak as Ramani stands by her statements and her story against Akbar.
The said submission was made when the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate asked both the parties to think about the possibility of reaching a compromise.
ACMM Ravindra Kumar Pandey intervened to state that, though he has not heard the arguments in detail but prima facie there seems to be a possibility of compounding (compromise between the parties) as this case is compoundable. He asked whether the counsels had explored this possibility or even now are willing to make any attempts in this direction.
Mr Bhavook Chauhan, who appeared for Priya Ramani, submitted that the facts of this case were of peculiar nature and his client stands by her statements and allegations. Hence, there seems to be no room for any compromise.
Senior Advocate Geeta Luthra, on the other hand, submitted that she will have to discuss this with her briefing counsel. The judge told the parties to explore this possibility and inform the court if they were willing to avail the same.
Hearing of MJ Akbar's criminal defamation case against Priya Ramani after the Transfer of Judge Vishal Pahuja will now be heard by Addl. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Ravindra Kumar Pandey. The matter has now been listed for arguments on November 24, 2020 at 02:00 PM where Sr. Adv. Geeta Luthra appearing for MJ Akbar will begin with the arguments.