Discussing MJ Akbar’s Membership Amid Fresh Allegations: Editors Guild

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MJ Akbar has denied accusations of rape by Pallavi Gogoi, a US-based editor.

New Delhi:

The Editors Guild of India Friday said was tracking with "great concern", fresh allegations of sexual misconduct against former editor MJ Akbar and a decision on his membership of the top editors' body will be taken after "due process" is completed.

In a statement, the Guild said it is discussing its future course of action on his membership. He is a past president and continues to be a member.

The statement came after a US-based editor of a leading media house accused the former Union minister of raping her in India 23 years ago.

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The Guild said it is "tracking with great concern fresh, and serious allegations of sexual misconduct" against Akbar.

"In accordance with the decision of the Guild's last EGM (extraordinary general meeting), as ratified at the subsequent meeting of the executive, membership of those editors, whose profession has changed from journalism goes dormant. Mr Akbar's membership is also therefore dormant," the statement said.

Editors Guild of India has issued this statement – https://t.co/xrPM0vb2jKpic.twitter.com/lCev8VWRgw

– Editors Guild of India (@IndEditorsGuild) November 2, 2018

The Guild said that as provided by its Constitution, the executive committee is writing to Akbar to respond to these allegations.

"His response will then be put up to the executive. A decision on his membership will be taken once this due process is completed," the Guild said.

MJ Akbar on Friday denied accusations of rape by Pallavi Gogoi, claiming he had a consensual relationship spanning several months with her but it ended "perhaps not on the best note".

In a separate statement MJ Akbar's wife Mallika also dismissed Ms Gogoi's accusations, made in a Washington Post article Friday, as a "lie".

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