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“Why has this storm risen a few months be­fore a gen­eral elec­tion? Is there an agenda? You be the judge. Th­ese false, base­less and wild al­le­ga­tions have caused ir­repara­ble dam­age to my rep­u­ta­tion and good­will. Lies do not have legs, but they do con­tain poi­son, which can be whipped into a frenzy.”

If any­body ex­pected con­tri­tion fromM.J. AK­BAR, Ra­jya Sabha mem­ber and MoS for Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs, con­fronted by a dozen or so women al­leg­ing sex­ual mis­con­duct, they were dis­abused of the no­tion by the bel­liger­ence of his de­nial. The sug­ges­tion of a po­lit­i­cal con­spir­acy was al­ways ris­i­ble. Still, given the ve­he­mence of Ak­bar’s de­nial, no one an­tic­i­pated he would re­sign within days. He main­tains that he will con­tinue with the le­gal ef­fort to clear his name. It’s hard to see though, as the al­le­ga­tions mount, how Ak­bar can claim to have been de­famed.

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