One of the journalists who accused Union Minister M J Akbar of alleged sexual harassment, came up with more details to refute his statement saying all the allegations were 'false and baseless'. Ghazala Wahab, who worked under Akbar in The Asian Age, published a write-up on The Wire explaining there were witnesses for her harrowing experience.
Akbar's statement is "full of tired clichés which M J Akbar offered as his defence, there is only one sentence of profound truth – “Lies do not have legs, but they do contain poison”. Indeed, lies do not have legs, which is why they cannot go far," wrote Ghazala.
"Either he is lying, or age has caught up with him. I would prefer believing the latter, so here is something to refresh his memory," she wrote.
She narrated the history of The Asian Age and pointed to the cabin where she faced harassment from Akbar. She said Akbar's cabin in Surya Kiran was sound-proof after the renovation in 1997.
Ghazala says even when she used to sit just outside his cabin, all she could hear was muffled noises if he screams at anybody inside.
The FORCE news magazine editor continues refuting Akbar's statement saying that Ghazala had complained to Veenu Sandal, who had rubbished the allegations as nonsense in an interview to the Indian Express. Ghazala says she complained about Veenu, "accusing her of peddling Akbar to me."
Ghazala also attached screenshots of her conversation with her friends who worked with her in The Asian Age when she was harassed by Akbar, in approval of her allegations against the minister.