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‘Appropriate to step down, challenge false charges’: Akbar’s full statement

DECCAN CHRONICLE | Edited by : CHARUL SINGH
Published Oct 17, 2018, 5:43 pm IST
Updated Oct 18, 2018, 8:59 am IST
MJ Akbar resigned from his post of Minister of State External Affairs on Wednesday.
In the last fortnight, at least 20 women have spoken out against MJ Akbar. (Photo: File | PTI)
 In the last fortnight, at least 20 women have spoken out against MJ Akbar. (Photo: File | PTI)

Mumbai: MJ Akbar, who is facing severe criticisms after multiple women came out and narrated their experiences of sexual harassment at his hands, resigned as Union Minister on Wednesday. The minister was earlier defiant and ignored demands seeking his resignation.

MJ Akbar had also filed a defamation case against journalist Priya Ramani, the first woman who accused the editor-turned-journalist of sexual harassment, amid the #MeToo movement.

 

In the last fortnight, at least 20 women have spoken out against the former editor-in-chief of The Asian Age.

Also Read: #MeToo: Union Minister MJ Akbar resigns over sex harassment charges

In his statement, MJ Akbar said, “Since I have decided to seek justice in a court of law in my personal capacity, I deem it appropriate to step down from office and challenge false accusations levied against me, also in a personal capacity.”

"I have, therefore, tendered my resignation from the office of Minister of State for External Affairs."

"I am deeply grateful to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and to the external Affair Minister Smt Sushma Swaraj for the opportunity they gave me to serve my country," he added.

Here’s MJ Akbar’s full statement:

 

(Photo: Twitter: ANI)(Photo: Twitter: ANI)

 

(With ANI inputs)

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