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HT's Prashant Jha steps down as Chief of Bureau after allegations of sexual misconduct

Prashant Jha stepped down as the Chief of Bureau and Political Editor of national daily Hindustan Times with immediate effect following allegations of sexual misconduct by a former employee of the organisation. The bureau has been asked to report to Editor-in-Chief Sukumar. Prashant will stay on as a reporter, but will have no managerial responsibilities. Sources said that he will be subjected to a full ICC investigation.

Sources in the newspaper said that he was asked to step down. Prashant is the author of ‘How The BJP Wins’ and ‘Battles of The New Republic: A Contemporary History of Nepal’. 

On Twitter, the former employee of Hindustan Times said that they had met at the newspaper’s office and posted screenshots of WhatsApp conversations between them. She later clarified that these conversations took place in April 2017, when she was no longer an employee with the national daily, and therefore could not file a complaint with the Internal Complaints Committee.

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