Union minister MJ Akbar, who is accused of sexually harassing several women journalists when he was an editor of several publications, a few years ago, has reportedly resigned from the cabinet. According to sources, after returning form his foreign tour today, he has sent his resignation letter to Prime Minister Narendra modi by e-mail. However, PMO didn’t confirmed his resignation.
The Minister of State (MoS) for External Affairs was an official trip abroad when several women accused him of sexual harassment during his stint as an editor. Official sources said that he was `summoned’ to return India after discontinuing his trip. The minister who was confronted by mediapersons at the IGI Airport in Delhi said “there will be a statement later on.”
While the BJP has maintained a studied silence on the matter so far, party sources have said the charges against him are serious, and his continuance as a minister is no longer guaranteed. Multiple women in the last few days have offered their accounts of alleged sexual harassment by Akbar as the #MeToo movement swept social media, bringing to fore sordid tales of sexual harassment by influential men in different walks of lives.
While the BJP has kept mum, some woman ministers have lent their support to the #MeToo movement, without taking a stand on the charges against Akbar. Union Minister Smriti Irani said that it is for Akbar to respond to the charges first.