Accused of sexual harassment when he was editor
Nine days after a journalist first accused Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar of sexual harassment when he was newspaper editor, he resigned from office.
The accusation, which set off a series of similar allegations from about 15 former colleagues, led to Mr. Akbar filing a defamation case against Priya Ramani.
In a statement on Wednesday, Mr. Akbar said he deemed it “appropriate” to resign before the case was to be taken up on Thursday in the chief metropolitan magistrate’s court in Delhi. “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 levelled against me, also in a personal capacity,” he said.
The President accepted his resignation with immediate effect on the advice of the Prime Minister.