Journalist Priya Ramani on Wednesday was framed in defamation charge by a Delhi court which was filed by ex-Union minister M J Akbar after she levelled allegations of sexual misconduct against him.
Ramani, who appeared before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal, however, pleaded not guilty and claimed trial.
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.
Ramani accused Akbar of sexual misconduct, a charge denied by him.
The court listed the matter for hearing on May 4 and also granted permanent exemption to Ramani from personal appearance.