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It is for prime minister to take a call on Akbar: Swamy

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Describing the #MeToo movement as a "good development", Friday said it was for Prime to take a call on the fate of Union M J Akbar, who has been accused by multiple women of sexual harassment.

"Since the prime has appointed him, it is the prime minister's call. I won't make a public statement on this. It is his (Modi's) call," Swamy said.

The member, however, added that allegations being levelled against Akbar date back to a time when he was an and before he became a minister.

"Whether to make him pay for it with his ministership, only the can decide. He is in charge of all the ministers, and he has to fix accountability," Swamy said.

Supporting the #MeToo movement, which has encouraged countless women to share their stories of sexual harassment from men, he said he saw it as a good development.

There can be a few cases of somebody being deliberately framed, but that happens with everything, he said, adding that people are falsely accused of murder as well.

"We should encourage women to speak up," he said.

On a visit abroad, Akbar has so far not made any public comment on the charges against him. The BJP has also refused to speak on the issue with party leaders saying it is for him to explain his position once he returns to

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First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 18:40 IST