MJ Akbar, Tarun Tejpal suspended from Editors Guild of India

The action has been taken in view of allegations of sexual misconduct against them

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The Editors Guild of India (EGI) has suspended the membership of journalist-turned-politician MJ Akbar and former Tehelka Editor Tarun Tejpal over allegations of sexual misconduct.

“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 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,” read a statement from the Guild.

The Guild had sought views of its Executive Committee (EC) on what action should be taken against Akbar, a dormant member at present and one of its past presidents, Tejpal and senior journalist Gautam Adhikari in light of sexual misconduct allegations levelled against them.

Akbar stepped down as the junior foreign minister in October following allegations of sexual misconduct made against him by several women journalists. Tarun Tejpal has been jailed for rape.

The Guild decided it would seek Adhikari's response before deciding on his membership.

 

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