Al­le­ga­tions against Ak­bar need to be ver­i­fied: Shah

Khaleej Times - - PAKISTAN -

new delhi — Bharatiya Janata Party pres­i­dent Amit Shah has said that he was not in a po­si­tion to com­ment on M.J. Ak­bar, who is fac­ing mul­ti­ple al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct, as the claims against the Union min­is­ter needed to be “looked into”.

“It’s dif­fi­cult to com­ment on some­thing that comes on a web­site. One can put any­thing on a web­site. So, this needs to be checked. If that is true or false, whether such an in­ci­dent hap­pened or not,” Shah said in an in­ter­view.

“It will have to be seen if it is the same per­son who is lev­el­ling al­le­ga­tions or some­one else has put it up (on so­cial me­dia). All these things will have to be seen. And once we do it, we will cer­tainly think over it (the ac­tion against Ak­bar),” he added.

More than half a dozen women jour­nal­ists have ac­cused Ak­bar of sex­ual ha­rass­ment and in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­iour at var­i­ous stages of his jour­nal­is­tic ca­reer, dur­ing which he launched and edited sev­eral news­pa­pers.

Ak­bar, the min­is­ter of State for Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs, is cur­rently on an of­fi­cial tour abroad. He is yet to make a state­ment on the al­le­ga­tions against him.

On Fri­day, US-based jour­nal­ist Ma­jlie de Puy Kamp told on­line news por­tal Huf­fPost In­dia that Ak­bar forcibly kissed her on the last day of her in­tern­ship at

The Asian Age of­fice in 2007. Ear­lier this week, FORCE magazine ex­ec­u­tive ed­i­tor Ghaz­ala Wa­hab, in an ar­ti­cle on a news por­tal, wrote an ac­count of her ‘har­row­ing ex­pe­ri­ence’ with Ak­bar.

ormer Mint Lounge ed­i­tor Priya Ra­mani, who wrote about a preda­tory “celebrity ed­i­tor” without nam­ing any­one in a piece last year, on Mon­day pub­licly iden­ti­fied Ak­bar as the cen­tral char­ac­ter of her piece. —

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