BJP Man MJ Akbar Responds to Sexual Harassment Allegations

Union Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar standing with PM Modi (file photo). Photo courtesy: Narendra Modi website
Union Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar standing with PM Modi (file photo). Photo courtesy: Narendra Modi website

A junior minister in the Narendra Modi-led BJP government MJ Akbar has refuted charges of sexual harassment against him and dismissed media reports that said he has resigned.

Of late, a slew of women – mostly journalists – have alleged that Akbar had sexually assaulted them when he worked as a journalist before joining politics.

However, Akbar has categorically debunked all the allegations against him saying that these are baseless. “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,” Akbar said in a strongly worded statement issued today.

He also threatened to take legal action against the accusers. “My lawyers will look into these wild and baseless allegations in order to decide our future course of legal action,” he stated.

Akbar also hinted that it could be a political ploy to defame him just before the Lok Sabha election that is scheduled to happen in 2019. “Why has this storm risen a few months before a general election? Is there an agenda? You be the judge,” he said in his statement.

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