IAS Sexual Harassment Case: Bureaucrat Denies Charges

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Rohtak: Haryana Additional Chief Secretary Sunil Gulati on Monday denied the sexual harassment allegations levied against him by a 28-year-old woman IAS officer.

Gulati said he is ready to face a probe and is even willing to take lie-detection test.
“It’s my duty to train my staff. It’s up to her to be willing to learn. If going to field troubles her, then the government can transfer her. I’m ready for a probe. Even I am ready for a lie-detection test,” said Gulati while addressing the media.

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His comments came after the woman IAS officer wrote a post on Facebook on Sunday, giving details of the incident. She said that the male officer called her to his office on May 22 and “threatened” her.

The 28-year-old woman IAS officer, posted in a Haryana government department, on Sunday accused a senior civil servant from the state of sexually harassing her.

The woman officer wrote a post on her Facebook page, giving details of the incident. She wrote that the male officer, her boss, summoned her to his office on May 22 and “threatened” her.

Her senior rubbished the allegations and claimed that the woman officer had been advised “not to find faults with the files which have got all necessary clearances from other officials”.

The senior officer summoned her on May 31 “and instructed his staff that no other person should enter the room”. “He asked me to tell what type of work I wanted to do, whether I want departmental work or time-pass work… And then he asked me to stop writing adverse comments on the files.

“I was sitting on the other side of the table in front of him. He asked me to get up and come closer to his chair. When I reached the other side of the table, he pretended to teach me how to operate a computer. I rushed back to my chair… After some time, he got up. Pretending to find a paper, he came close to my chair and pushed it,” she wrote.

“He told me that like a newly wed bride, she has to be explained everything, and he was explaining to me in the same manner. His behaviour seemed immoral,” she alleged. On June 6, the senior officer called her in his office at 5 pm and asked her to stay there till 7.39 pm, she claimed.

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