Sexual harassment case against Special DGP: Madras HC slams govt


Special DGP who is put under the ‘compulsory waitlist’ for having been accused of sexually harassing a woman SP appeared before the CBCID office on Saturday for further investigation.

A woman SP lodged a complaint with the Director-General of Police (DGP) Tripathy and the Chief Secretary of Tamil Nadu against a special DGP (law and order) for sexually harassing her.

It created a big fuss as the issue leaked out.
Opposition leaders, including DMK president Stalin, insisted that the concerned Special DGP should be sacked and a criminal case must be registered or else DMK would wage a major protest.

It was reported that the woman SP who came forward to register a complaint was detained by the policemen led by Chengalpattu SP.

Subsequently, the Special DGP was put under the ‘wait list’.

A six-member inquiry committee according to the Vishaka guidelines, headed by the Additional Chief Secretary was set up to probe the complaint.

The case has been transferred to the CBCID police and the case is being registered under four sections, including violence against women and sexual harassment.

In this situation, the Madras High Court took suo-motu cognizance into the case.

Commenting on the retrial of the case yesterday, the judge questioned why the Special DGP was not suspended, while the Chengalpattu SP has been suspended for obstructing the female officer who had come to lodge a complaint of sexual harassment.

The HC has further directed the state government to file an inquiry report on March 16 and has also warned that the court will closely monitor the investigation.

In this situation, it seems that the special DGP is likely to be suspended as the High Court itself has raised the question.

The Special DGP was summoned by the CBCID investigating officer Mutharasi to appear before the DGP’s office this morning. He appeared accordingly and is currently under investigation.

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