Kerala transport minister resigns after phone talk with woman leaked

Transport minister A K Saseendran on Sunday resigned over an allegation of sexual misconduct after the leakage of his purported phone talks with a woman.

72-year-old Saseendran is the second minister of the Kerala government to quit after its Industries Minister E P Jayarajan, who resigned over charges of nepotism triggered by the appointment of his two close relatives to top posts in the state PSUs.

Mangalam channel dropped a bombshell Sunday morning by releasing an audio clipping, purportedly a telephone conversation of Saseendran speaking in sexual undertones to a woman.

The minister, who was in Kozhikode, immediately cancelled all his public programmes and called a press meet at around 3 pm and announced his resignation. Saseendran said his resignation should not be seen as an acceptance of guilt.

“I am sure that I have not done anything wrong. At the same time the pride of the party and the government has to be protected. My resignation is to uphold the political morality,” he told reporters at Kozhikode

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