M J Akbar, Tarun Tejpal suspended from ‘The Editors Guild of India’

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The Hush Post|20:30 pm|1-min-read

On Wednesday, The Editors Guild of India (EGI) suspended the memberships of former Union minister M J Akbar over allegations of sexual misconduct.

The Guild had perused the views of its Executive Committee (EC) on what action should be taken against Akbar. According to the guild, Akbar will be suspended until he is cleared of sexual misconduct charges made against him by a number of women journalists.

“Office-bearers of the Guild took a decision on the matter. It has concurred with the majority view that Mr Akbar should be suspended from the Guild till such time that the court case he has filed is concluded,” a statement issued by the journalists’ body read.

Mr Akbar had resigned as a junior minister in the Union ministry after the allegations against him gathered strength. He was a prominent figure in the country’s media circles. He was first called out by former colleague Priya Ramani. Later, he filed a defamation case against her.

The EGI also took a similar decision against former Tehelka editor Tarun Tejpal, who has been jailed for rape.

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