New Delhi, November 21: A Delhi court on Saturday asked the counsels appearing for former Union Minister MJ Akbar and journalist Priya Ramani if is there any scope of settlement between the two in the ongoing defamation case.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Ravindra Kumar Pandey of Rouse Avenue court observed that Akbar's criminal defamation case against Priya Ramani is compoundable in nature and asked, "is there any scope of compromise?"

Advocate Bhavook Chauhan, representing Priya Ramani, replied that he did not think the matter can be compounded due to facts related to the case being peculiar. However, the court suggested the senior counsels talk to each other and inform if there is any possibility for settlement. #MeToo: MJ Akbar Records Statement Before Delhi Court, Gets Cross Examined by Priya Ramani's Counsel.

The final argument was earlier heard by then ACMM Vishal Pahuja, who has now been transferred. Thereafter, ACMM Ravindra Kumar Pandey began hearing the final argument and asked Akbar's counsel and Senior Advocate Geeta Luthra to make a brief submission today.

Advocate Geeta Luthra, appearing for Akbar, told the court that Ramani made derogatory allegations against Akbar in the article, which tarnished and lowered her client's reputation.

After hearing the brief submission, the court listed the matter for further hearing on November 24. During the hearing today, the court also suggested that the matter can be taken up on a day-to-day basis.

MJ Akbar, the former Minister of State for the Ministry of External Affairs, had filed a defamation case against the journalist Priya Ramani for accusing him of sexual misconduct. Akbar had on October 17, 2018, resigned as the union minister after his name cropped up on social media as the #MeToo campaign raged on in India. Ramani had accused Akbar of sexual misconduct, a charge denied by him.