Sexual harassment case: Rajesh Das and Kannan granted bail

Former Special DGP Rajesh Das has been granted bail in a case of sexual harassment of a female colleague. Along with him, former Chengalpattu SP Kannan was also granted bail by the Villupuram Criminal Court.

A female Superintendent of Police(SP) had filed a complaint against the then law and order special Director General of Police(DGP) with allegations of sexual harassment while on government security duty near Villupuram.

The female IPS officer lodged a complaint against Rajesh Das last February.

The Tamil Nadu government has set up a six-member panel headed by Additional Chief Secretary Jayasree Raghunandan to inquire into the complaint.

A case was also registered against the then Chengalpattu SP Kannan for obstructing the victim from filing a complaint with the IPS officer. Following this, both Rajesh Das and Kannan were suspended.

Meanwhile, the Madras High Court took suo-moto cognizance of the case and conducted a trial at the Chief Judicial Magistrate Court in Villupuram under its supervision.

The High Court directed to expedite the hearing of the case and give a verdict by December 20 and submit a report by December 23.

Following this, the judge had ordered the CBCID police to produce both the former Special DGP Rajesh Das and former SP Kannan in Villupuram Court on August 9 (today).

The case came up for hearing in the Villupuram court this morning in the presence of Justice Gopinathan.

The two accused officers appeared before the judge.

The judge interrogated them for more than an hour. Following this, Justice Gopinathan adjourned the case till May 16 and granted bail to the two.

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