Mumbai, Aug. 24 -- Senior journalist Priya Ramani on Friday described the events that formed the basis of her sexual harassment allegations against her former editor at Asian Age newspaper M.J. Akbar and told a Delhi court that her defense was "truth spoken in the public interest and for the public good".

Ramani, who recorded her statement before the court of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal, said, "It is unfortunate that women who have experienced sexual harassment at the workplace must now defend themselves in criminal proceedings for speaking the truth."

Akbar, who resigned as minister of state for external affairs in October 2018, had called Ramani's allegations "malafide and defamatory". In October, Akbar filed a...