On Behalf of MJ Akbar, Senior Advocate Geeta Luthra concluded the proceedings before Delhi High Court against Priya Ramani.
Luthra plead for justice from the court seeking punishment for Ramani for irreparably tarnishing Akbar's reputation of 50 years by putting allegations of sexual harrasment against him.
"Whatever the defense that may be taken, the fact is that it cannot undo the harm done. Even a conviction can't undo the harm. In this case, the law should have its consequences. I've been harmed, I seek justice from this court. I have no other way," Luthra stated.
Luthra further stated that this is not a me too case but a defamation case and Ramani should be punished under criminal law of defamation.
In 2018, Akbar filed a criminal defamation case against the Ramani after she took to Twitter level allegations of sexual misconduct against him.
Ramani had claimed that in 1993, Akbar sexually harrassed her when she was called to the Oberoi hotel.
Ramani pleaded defence of good faith, truth and public interest and public good in the trial. But Luthra had denied the meeting in hotel.
Senior Advocate Luthra today argued that Ramani failed to discharge the onus of proving the defense pleaded by her.
"The (Vogue) article is false and at the very least, is highly imaginative. It is not true.. The onus is on her to prove public good, public interest and good faith. She has not been able to discharge this onus..Not even an iota of her statement is true. The onus is on her to prove each and every averment."
It was also contended that before calling Akbar media's biggest sexual predator, no due care and caution was exercised by Ramani.
"It is too easy to say something on social media without verifying..One has to give reasons and facts to show that there was due care and caution," Luthra contended.
Earlier this month, Luthra had extensively argued that Ramani's conduct of deleting her Twitter account during the course of the trial amounted to the destruction of evidence which is an offence under the Indian Penal Code.
Senior Advocate John, who is speaking for the Ramani, will continue her submissions on February 1.