In 2017, during the #MeToo movement, Ramani had alleged that in 1994, she was sexually harassed during a job interview by Akbar for national daily Asian Age, where he worked as a journalist that time.
Ramani, was the first one to press sexual harassment charges against Akbar. Soon she was followed by several other women.
Akbar, who was an Union Minister, resigned from the post, but rejected all the charges and filed a defamation case against Ramani. (UNI)