MJ Akabar resigns as minister



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Minister of State for External Affairs, M J Akbar stepped down on Wednesday, following a spate of allegations of sexual harassment during his days as editor of several publications.

In a brief statement, Akbar said he had decided to seek justice in a court of law in his 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.



He also expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Modi, and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, for giving him the opportunity to serve the country.



Over the last fortnight, about 20 women have come forward, to narrate their experiences of alleged sexual harassment by  Akbar.

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