Union minister M J Akbar, who has been accused of sexual harassment by 20 women in the wake of #MeToo movement, stepped down from his position on Wednesday.
Just two days ago, he had sued journalist Priya Ramani, one of his 20 accusers for defamation, alleging a conspiracy to harm his goodwill and reputation. Ramani was the first to name Akbar in a Twitter post dated October 8,
In a statement, the Minister of State (External Affairs) said he will challenge the “false accusation” levelled against him in his personal capacity.
— ANI (@ANI) 17 October 2018
“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…,” Akbar said in the statement.
As women we feel vindicated by MJ Akbar’s resignation.
I look forward to the day when I will also get justice in court #metoo
— Priya Ramani (@priyaramani) 17 October 2018