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NSUI president resigns after being accused of sexual harassment

A woman alleged that Fairoz Khan “used to sexually harass young women” for political appointments in the NSUI, the students’ wing of the Congress.

india Updated: Oct 16, 2018 17:24 IST
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Aurangzeb Naqshbandi & Fareeha Iftikhar
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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National president of the National Students Union of India (NSUI) Fairoz Khan (Burhaan Kinu/HT File Photo)

National Students Union of India (NSUI) chief Fairoz Khan on Tuesday resigned from the post in the wake of allegations of sexual harassment against him.

The party has accepted his resignation and will announce his replacement soon, a Congress leader said.

“NSUI national president voluntarily resigned from him position for the goodwill of his party. The allegations being levelled against him are false and he will now go to the court and prove himself,” said NSUI national secretary Saimon Farooqui.

An NSUI office bearer from Chhattisgarh had in June this year levelled charges of sexual harassment against Khan following which the Congress leadership formed a panel to probe the allegations. She had also filed a police complaint against Khan.

The woman had alleged that Khan “used to sexually harass young women” for political appointments in the NSUI.

A senior Congress leader said the resignation comes days after the party’s internal complaint committee, set up to probe the allegations against Khan, submitted its report to the Congress leadership last week.

The committee comprised of All India Mahila Congress president Sushmita Dev, Lok Sabha member Deepender Hooda and party’s national media panelist Ragini Nayak to investigate the complaint.

The Congress leadership had examined the report threadbare, the functionary said.

Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi had last week maintained that the party had immediately formed the committee which heard all sections while preparing the report.

“We would be undermining the entire investigation by trying to even comment on it or passing judgment on something which is now in the hands of police. We are not in any way undermining the entire investigation,” she had said.

First Published: Oct 16, 2018 13:40 IST