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Haryana woman IAS officer accuses senior of 'sexual harassment'; shares her ordeal on Facebook, writes 'Senior threatened me'

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 11 June 2018, 11:49 IST

In a shameful act, a Haryana's woman IAS officer has accused her senior IAS officer Sunil Gulati of sexual harassment. The lady officer took to Social Media site, Facebook to share her ordeal on Sunday morning attaching her complaint papers snap to the Centre. However, Mr Gulati has denied all the allegations, asserting them as 'baseless'. Mr Gulati is a Haryana Additional Chief Secretary (animal husbandry and dairying).

Meanwhile, The Haryana State Commission for Women chairperson Pratibha Suman said the panel would look into the matter. “We will call both officials to our office for the probe. We have just come to know about the Facebook post”, she told The Indian Express.

In her Facebook post, the lady IAS officer said that she had sent letters on the email ids mentioned on the official website of the President and the Centre and didn't received any response from them. However, she added that she had not approached the Chandigarh Police yet. When contacted, Gulati said” “It is wrong what she has been saying and must be rebutted. I am ready to face any inquiry.”
In her FB post, the woman officer said that on May 22, Gulati called her to his office and ‘threatened’ her. “Tum fileo pe ye sab kyon saf-saf likhti ho ke vibhag ne kya-kya galat kiya hai… me tumari dhajjiyan uda dunga [Why do you clearly mention wrongdoings of the department on files… I will ruin you”,” the woman officer wrote.
Referring to an incident of May 31, she said” “. Gulati ji ne muje dhamkaya ki aesi tippani filo ki noting par likhogi to koi tumahe ulta tang dega… Hum log mafi nahi dete chain (Gulati threatened that if I write such a comment on file notings then someone will hang me upside down, will destroy me. (Gulati said) we don’t excuse anybody”.” She alleged that the officer threatened to spoil her Annual Confidential Report (ACR) also.

“On the pretext of searching papers, Sh. Sunil Gulati pushed the left side of top rail area of my chair, while I was sitting on my chair. Sh. Sunil K. Gulati also shouted on call of somebody ‘you bloody do what I asked you to do”,” she wrote. The woman officer told The Indian Express that she did not attend a meeting called by Gulati in Rohtak Sunday evening.

On the matter of ‘late hours’ in office, Gulati said” “I don’t go home after closing office at 5 pm. If some discussion is going on, the meeting goes on up to 7 pm or 8 pm. An IAS officer is a servant for 24-hours a day. I did not ask her to sit alone but among five officials. If she is facing some tension, it should be treated. It’s not my fault.”
When asked whether she had filed a formal complaint against Gulati, the woman officer said, “I have lodged my complaint through email (IDs) which are available on a government website. I will certainly take legal action as per rules.”
Haryana Chief Secretary DS Dhesi did not respond to a phone call and messages sent on his mobile phone.

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First published: 11 June 2018, 11:49 IST