Sexual harassment: Court summons Congress IT cell member

India

05 Oct 2018

Court summons Congress IT cell member in sexual harassment case

A Delhi court has summoned a member of the Congress IT cell in a sexual harassment case lodged by his former colleague.

Metropolitan Magistrate Vijeta Singh Rawat took cognizance of the charge sheet, filed by Delhi Police, and directed the accused, Chirag Patnaik (pictured), to appear before her on February 2, 2019.

Patnaik was arrested in July on the complaint and released on bail.

Charges

Police booked Chirag Patnaik under various IPC Sections

Police booked Chirag Patnaik under various IPC Sections

In its charge sheet, the police have booked the accused under Sections of 354-A (sexual harassment) and 509 (word, gesture, or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the IPC.

"Patnaik on many occasions had made me (the complainant) uncomfortable at the office with his frequent violation of my personal space and immoral behavior," said the charge sheet quoting the victim.

Allegations

Patnaik violated my personal space by coming too close: Victim

"Between April 4, 2018, and May 23, 2018, on many occasions, under the pretext of checking tweets, Patnaik violated my personal space by coming too close to me," said the charge sheet quoting the victim.

"While I was busy concentrating on my computer screen, Patnaik encircled me from behind in a manner most immoral, pretending to check the tweets," it added.

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