‘Deem it appropriate to step down’: Full text of MJ Akbar’s resignation
Union minister MJ Akbar stepped down on Wednesday following a spate of allegations of sexual harassment against him by women journalists.
Akbar has filed a defamation suit against journalist Priya Ramani, who is one of the women who have accused him of a range of inappropriate behaviour during his career as a journalist before entering politics.
Ramani welcomed Akbar’s exit. “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,” she said
Here’s the full text of his statement:
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 the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and to the External Affairs Minister Smt. Sushma Swaraj for the opportunity they gave me to serve my country.