"Since I have chose to seek justice in a court of law in my personal capacity, I deem it appropriate to step down from office and challenge false accusations against me", he said in a statement.
It seems that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is not satisfied with MJ Akbar's resignation as it has called for criminal proceedings against the former Minister of State for External Affairs.
The possibility of the controversy continuing to gain traction as it moved to court and a declaration by 20 women that they were willing to testify against Akbar raised the cost of his continuation as a minister.
Modi has remained silent as the accusations against Akbar have mounted, but the ruling Bharatiya Janata party's president, Amit Shah, and several female ministers have acknowledged the allegations and said they are being examined. "The longer he fights this battle against Ramani, more women will come out".
More than a dozen women have accused MJ Akbar, a junior foreign minister, of a range of inappropriate behaviour during his career as a journalist before entering politics. He termed these as "viral fever", saying these were "false and fabricated, spiced up by innuendo and malice", and added he would be "taking appropriate legal action".
Bahl has denied the allegations and threatened to sue his accusers for defamation.
Priya Ramani said she looked forward to the day when she would also get justice in court.
"Why has this storm risen a few months before a general election?" Is there an agenda? You be the judge.
"The fact that he chose to brazen it out, he became an embarrassment to himself and an embarrassment to the government", she said.
"Priya Ramani began this campaign a year ago with a magazine article". She did not however name me as she knew it was an incorrect story.
Sandeep Shastri, a political analyst at Jain University in the city of Bengaluru, said Akbar's defamation lawsuit and then subsequent his resignation could indicate damage limitation by the government. In that piece, Ramani had written that Akbar had called her to his hotel room when she was 23 and he was 43 for a job interview which was "more date, less interview". A case of criminal defamation against her will come up for hearing today in Delhi's Patiala House Court.
MJ Akbar's resignation was welcomed by many complainants as well as several women activists and political parties. "When Ms Ramani spoke out against him in public, she spoke not only about her personal experience but also lifted the lid on the culture of casual misogyny, entitlement and sexual predation that Mr Akbar engendered and presided over".