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No comment yet from Ministry of External Affairs on journalist's charges against Minister M.J. Akbar

Minister of State for External Affairs M. J. Akbar. File

Minister of State for External Affairs M. J. Akbar. File  

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) is yet to comment on senior journalist Priya Ramani allegation that she was made to feel uncomfortable and harassed by Minister of State (MoS) for External Affairs M.J. Akbar in a hotel room when he was the editor of a newspaper.

The Samajwadi Party (SP) has called for the Minister of State to step down from office. Its spokesman Ghanshyam Tiwari was quoted as demanding Mr Akbar's resignation.

The Minister, who served as editor of several leading publications over the last four decades, is yet to respond to the allegation.

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Mr. Akbar is leading a 70-member business delegation to Nigeria for a conclave. The event will conclude on Tuesday. He has not posted any new comment on his social media handles over the last three days after which the allegation surfaced

The allegation against Mr. Akbar comes amid a series of charges of sexual harassment by a large number of  women against some leading Bollywood personalities and editors / senior journalists.

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