His statement ruled out any call for resignation.
Hours after landing in Delhi from an official tour to Africa, Akbar in a statement said that "the allegations of misconduct made against me are false and fabricated, spiced up by innuendo and malice".
The editor - who she last week claimed was Akbar - did not meet Ramani in the hotel lobby and insisted that she meet him in his room.
"Akbar, being a minister, the misuse of his powers in the pursuit of any legal action he contemplates is highly possible", Seshu said. "There is no story".
"Pertinent to remember Ramani and Wahab kept working with me even after these alleged incidents; clearly establishes they had no apprehension and discomfort". India Today has learnt that it was becoming more untenable for the government and the party to justify his continuance.More news: Air India flight attendant injured after falling from parked aircraft
With powerful people like M J Akbar being accused of sexual abuse by several survivors, this committee of seniors in the field of law seems like a very positive step. "How absurd", said Baweja, a senior journalist with the daily Hindustan Times, on Twitter on Sunday. "This is the reason why no one went to the authorities for so long, because I had done nothing", he said. I do not have a political agenda. "He has presented his version", Rao said.
Akbar also gave the allegations a political colour by by questioning their timing before the Lok Sabha elections 2019. "We are speaking up at great cost to our personal and professional lives".
Ramani further wrote that by instituting a case of criminal defamation against her, Akbar has made his stand clear.
"If I didn't do anything, where and what is the story?"
In her tweet, Ramani said she hadn't named him earlier "because he didn't do anything". "Lots of women have worse stories about this predator". Following Priya's allegations, six other women came forward and revealed how they were also harassed and violated by Akbar.More news: Sears To File For Bankruptcy, Several Stores To Close
Citing the accusations levelled by other journalists, Akbar said, "Let me note examples. He mostly preyed on young women who lived alone, loved their jobs and were bright and ambitious".
At least five women have accused MJ Akbar of sexual harassing them when he worked as the editor of a newspaper.
Smita Sharma who asked the pointed question is a Journalist-Deputy Editor at The Tribune.
It was only recently, on 8 October, that she identified Akbar as scores of women took to social media for a fresh wave of MeToo allegations against journalists and members of the entertainment industry. He is married with two children.
The committee will look into the legal and institutional framework which is in place for handling complaints of sexual harassment at work and will advise the Ministry on how to strengthen this framework. "Rather than engaging with the serious allegations that many women have made against him, he seeks to silence them through intimidation and harassment", the statement read.More news: NBC Forced to Issue Correction on Trump's 'Robert E. Lee' Comments