Former Union minister M J Akbar’s reputation was “dragged through the mud” by the tweets and articles of journalist Priya Ramani, Veenu Sandal, journalist, tarot card reader and a former colleague of Akbar, said in her deposition before a Delhi on Friday.
Sandal is a witness for Akbar in the defamation case filed against Ramani, who had leveled allegations of sexual misconduct against the former editor.
Sandal testified that she wrote columns for The Asian Age between 1994 and 2009 and went to the newspaper’s office during production of her “column pages”.
She stated, “On my regular visits to the office — because I have knowledge of tarot cards and astrology — many colleagues used to narrate their professional, personal and career issues, and confide in me their problems and seek astrology and tarot card-based guidance. In my association with The Asian Age between 1994-95 till 2009, not one individual ever narrated or ever spoke to me (of any such allegation).”