NEW DELHI, OCT 16: A panel of female journalists has written to President Ram Nath Kovind demanding the dismissal of Union Minister MJ Akbar who has been accused of sexual harassment by a dozen women in the wake of the #MeToo movement.
"We are extremely concerned that he continues to be a minister in the Union council of ministers even as he pursues whatever legal course of action he plans," said the Network of Women in Media in India (NWMI) said in the letter to the President on Monday.
"You will agree this is highly unethical and improper and would cast a cloud over any investigation of his alleged misdeeds, besides undermining the independence, justice and fair play that any citizen can expect from such proceedings," stated the NWMI.
Akbar, the Minister of State (MoS) for External Affairs, has sued the woman who had first named him in the #MeToo campaign -- journalist Priya Ramani, for defamation. - IANS