MJ Akbar rejects sexual harassment allegations as ‘false’

Union Minister MJ Akbar, who returned to India today from a tour of Africa refuted all the allegations of sexual harassment leveled by a number of women journalists in the last few days, amid mounting demand for his resignation. But he was silent on the demand seeking his resignation.

“The allegations of misconduct made against me are false and fabricated, spiced up by innuendo and malice. I could not reply earlier as I was on an official tour abroad,” said Akbar in a statement. The minister also said that he will take legal action against accusations made against him.

Alleging that accusation without evidence has become a viral fever among some sections, he said that “ Whatever be the case, now that I have returned, my lawyers will look into these wild and baseless allegations in order to decide our future course of legal action.”

He wondered that why has this storm risen a few months before a general election? Is there an agenda? he added. He deplored that these false, baseless and wild allegations have caused irreparable damage to his reputation and goodwill.

Meanwhile, the Congress has stepped up its attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the allegations of sexual harassment against Union minister M J Akbar, saying his silence was “conspicuous and unacceptable”.

Senior party leader Anand Sharma questioned Modi’s silence on the issue and said as the head of the government he should speak on the issue. He claimed a prime minister, who swears by “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” and talks of women dignity, has chosen to be silent.

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