“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.