MJ Akbar will not resign, threatens to take legal action for ‘false, baseless’ allegations


A defiant MJ Akbar on Sunday said that he may take legal action against those women, who had accused of sexual violence through social media posts. After returning from his trip to Africa, Akbar had said that he will issue a statement later.

Later, news agency ANI quoted him as saying, “Accusation without evidence has become a viral fever among some sections. 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.”

During the day, many channels reported that the junior foreign minister in the Centre’s Narendra Modi government had resigned. However, the reports turned out to be fake as suggested by his statement later. A statement quoted by NDTV said that Akbar had decided to take legal action against those women, who had accused him of sexual misconduct during his time as the editor of Asian Age and The Telegraph.

“Why has this storm risen a few months before a general election? Is there an agenda? You be the judge. These false, baseless and wild allegations have caused irreparable damage to my reputation and goodwill… This is deeply distressing. I will be taking appropriate legal action,” MJ Akbar was quoted as saying.

As many as 10 women, who had reportedly worked under Akbar in the past, had said that the latter sexually assaulted them at the office of the newspaper, edited by him. While some alleged that he would call them to his hotel rooms for ‘job interviews,’ others accused him of sexually attacking them inside his personal office space.

Akbar, in his statement according to ANI, said, “Lies do not have legs, but they do contain poison, which can be whipped into a frenzy.”