Kerala minister AK Saseendran quits over indecent talk

Transport minister A K Saseendran attending a press meet at PWD guest house in Kozhikode on Sunday

A new channel in Malayalam on its launch day had dropped an audio bomb claiming that a clip it aired was a phone conversation between a woman and minister Saseendran and he is heard talking in sexual overtunes.

Addressing a press conference here, the Chief Minister said the next Cabinet meeting will take a decision on various aspects of the issues related to the resignation and who will lead the inquiry into the incident.

But the politician maintained he had done no wrong.

Saseendran maintains that he has never behaved improperly with anyone.

"My resignation is to uphold political morality", he told reporters in Kozhikode. "I don't wish to hear that and hence made a decision to quit", he added.

According to the reports, the audio was released by Mangalam TV.




Ironically, the incident surfaced at a time when the state is debating growing atrocities against women and children.

Refuting the charges levelled against him as "absolutely baseless", Saseendran said that he chose to quit the office on the moral grounds, asserting that the onus lies on Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayai Vijayan to investigate the matter with any agency required.

To another question, he said the ministerial post was not important to him, but he wanted his innocence to be proved. "The truth needs to come out. The report has shocked everyone", Chennithala told reporters in Thiruvananthapuram.

BJP state president Kummanam Rajasekharan hit out at the minister, saying all Keralites need to hang their heads in shame over the allegations. It is up to the chief minister and government to investigate the matter and they can investigate with any agency.

Meanwhile, last year, CPI-M strongman and Industries Minister EP Jayarajan quit on charges of nepotism.

"The Chief Minister will order a probe". Mr Vijayan said the minister had spoken to him.

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