Prashant Jha of the Hindustan Times has stepped down as national political editor and chief of bureau, after a former colleague accused him of sexual harassment on Twitter. “There have been specific allegations against me – and my personal conduct – recently, which have raised moral questions about my conduct. In this backdrop, I believe it would be best for me to step down,” Jha wrote in his letter to the editor.
Hindustan Times editor Sukumar Ranganathan will take over charge of the bureau for now, while Jha will not be involved in day-to-day functions pending an investigation.
The person accusing Jha posted screenshots of alleged conversations with Jha when they were colleagues. Jha is one of the several people in journalism who have been accused of sexual harassment and misconduct. These allegations are recently being revealed on Twitter after a user accused comedian Utsav Chakraborty of sexual harassment.
Times of India’s Hyderabad Resident Editor KR Sreenivas had been sent on ‘administrative leave’, after several women petitioned the organisation to terminate his employment, reports The News Minute. He has been accused of inappropriate conduct.