Minister of Textiles Smriti Irani had earlier said it was up to the minister to respond. Akbar, who is currently on a tour of Africa, has not done so so far. He is due to return on Sunday.
At least eight women have so far accused Akbar of assault and harassment when he was a newspaper editor.
The latest charges came on Friday from the US-based journalist Majlie de Puy Kamp, who said Akbar kissed her — she had he put his tongue into her mouth — on her last day in office when she was interning with the Asian Age.
She was 18 at the time.
News reports quoted her as saying Akbar "violated my boundaries, betrayed my trust and that of my parents”. Kamp had got her internship through her parents who were both foreign correspondents in India at the time.
Maneka Gandhi meanwhile has said her ministry of women and child development will be setting up a panel of legal experts to "examine all issues emanating from the #MeTooIndia movement".
“I believe in the pain and trauma behind every single complaint. Cases of sexual harassment at work must be dealt with a policy of zero tolerance. The Ministry will be setting up a committee of senior judicial & legal persons to examine all issues emanating from the #MeTooIndia movement,” Gandhi tweeted.
“It takes a lot for women to come out like this. These cases have been elephants in the rooms for the last 25 years. The question here is how can they prove these after all these years... they have faced verbal assault, they have been touched, pinched, their clothes have been pulled,” Gandhi told PTI.
“The first thing to do is naming and shaming these monsters. Naming and shaming will go a long way in lessening the pain these women have been carrying,” Gandhi added.