New Delhi : Former editors M.J. Akbar, Tarun Tejpal gets suspended by Editor’s guild of India in respect to the accusations of sexual harassment levied against them. The executive committee of the EGI has also decided to seek a formal response from journalist Gautam Adhikari on the charges against him.
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Mr. Akbar has been accused by multiple women of sexual harassment when he was their boss. In October, Mr. Akbar resigned as Minister of State for External Affairs following the allegations.
Editor’s guild of India decides to suspend M.J Akbar, Tarun Tejpal
Mr. Tejpal, the former editor-in-chief of Tehelka magazine, has been charged for alleged sexual assault of a junior female colleague in a Goa hotel in November 2013. He was subsequently arrested and is out on bail. Mr. Adhikari, a founding editor of the Daily News and Analysis newspaper, is also accused of sexual misconduct by at least three women.
A majority of the EC members suggested that the membership of Mr Akbar should be suspended. There was also consensus that Mr Tejpal be suspended too, until the conclusion of his trial and the Guild should write to Mr Adhikari to seek his response.
Editor’s Guild decision to suspend former editors M.J.Akbar, Tarun Tejpal
Office-bearers of the Guild discussed the EC’s comments and took the 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. Using the same logic, the Office-bearers decided that Mr Tejpal too should be suspended from the Guild. For Mr Adhikari, the office-bearers decided that the Guild will write to him seeking a formal response to the charges against him.