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Union Minister MJ Akbar resigns over sexual misconduct allegations

New Delhi, Oct 17 (IENews) Union Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar has resigned over allegations of sexual harassment levelled against by journalists who worked with him during his stint at the Asian Age.

Akbar said, ‘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 accusation levied against me, also in a personal capacity.’

“I therefore tender my resignation from the office of MoS External Affairs,’ Akbar said, according to media reports.

He thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for having reposed faith in him.

“I am deeply grateful to the Prime Minister and to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for the opportunity they gave me to serve my country.”

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