Kerala state Transport Minister AK Saseendran resigned on Sunday, after a new Malayalam channel aired an audio clip where a man was reportedly speaking inappropriately with a woman. The channel alleged that the voice was that of Saseendran, and that he had called the woman and spoken to her for sexual favours, after she came to him asking for help.
The audio clip was aired by Mangalam channel, which was launched on Sunday. In their very first bulletin, they played the ‘leaked’ clip.
The audio clip – which isn’t very clear – has a man’s voice speaking in a lewd manner. The channel did not air the voice of the person on the other end.
Ak Saseendran phone call leaked audio
Saseendran called a press conference by 2.45 p.m. to announce his resignation. While he claims innocence, he said he did not want to put the LDF government in a crisis. Talking to media persons at the press conference after the news broke, Saseendran said “let there be a fair investigation into the whole episode. I am resigning from the post of transport minister.”
His resignation has come as a major setback to the ruling LDF government in Kerala, which has been facing serious allegations on poor policing with regard to investigation into cases of sexual harassment. Saseendran also said he has informed Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan about his decision to step down.
Saseendran is the second minister in the ten-month old Pinarayi Vijayan government – after Industries Minister E P Jayarajan – to step down.