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MJ Akbar returns home, links allegations of sexual misconduct with 2019 elections

Sunday October 14, 2018 5:29 PM, News Network

MJ Akbar Resigns

New Delhi: Union Minister of State (MoS) External Affairs MJ Akbar returned home from Nigeria Sunday morning and responding to allegations of sexual misconduct against him tried to link them with the 2019 general elections.

“Why has this storm risen a few months before a general election? Is there an agenda? You be the judge. These false, baseless and wild allegations have caused irreparable damage to my reputation and goodwill,” MJ Akbar said.

He said he will be “taking appropriate legal action” against those accusing him of sexual harassment but made no comment on demands for his resignation.

There were reports in New Delhi's political circles that MJ Akbar has sent his resignation to PMO via e-mail, marking a copy to chief secretary.

Akbar issued the statement soon after it emerged that the top BJP leadership is reluctant and there is no unanimity in the party leadership about accepting his resignation.

A number of female journalists - as many as 14 including a senior reporter associated with CNN, have accused MJ Akbar of sexual misconduct during his days as editor. Ghazal Wahab, a senior journalist and author even claimed that Asian Age Delhi office was even called as harem of MJ Akbar.

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