Indian journalist gets bail in ex-minister's defamation suit

A journalist sued for defamation after accusing former Indian minister and veteran news editor M.J. Akbar of sexual harassment has been granted bail in a New Delhi court.

The court Monday set the next hearing in Akbar's criminal case against Priya Ramani for April 10.

Akbar sued Ramani last October when she identified him on Twitter as the unnamed editor that she had described in a piece published in Vogue in 2017. In the piece, she said the editor had come onto her in a Mumbai hotel room where she'd met him for a job interview.

Akbar resigned as India's junior foreign minister last year amid accusations by 20 women of sexual harassment during his previous career as one of the country's most prominent news editors.