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Professor charge-sheeted for sexually harassing principal

The professor was arrested after the victim, the principal of a PU-affiliated college in Moga, lodged a complaint. Singh was arrested on June 29 and released on bail later.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh |
November 1, 2017 3:20:12 am
Panjab University Senator sexual harassment, punjab university, moga, sexual harassment at work, chandigarh news, indian express news According to the complaint, the incident occurred on May 2 and the victim submitted the complaint to the vice chancellor on May 4, who, after almost three weeks, forwarded it to the police. (Representational Image)

CHANDIGARH POLICE on Tuesday submitted a chargesheet against a Panjab University Senator and professor at Punjabi University, Patiala, allegedly for sexually harassing the principal of a college in Moga.

The chargesheet was submitted against the accused, Professor Harjodh Singh (51), under sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman), 354A (sexual harassment), 365 (kidnapping or abducting with intent secretly and wrongfully to confine person), 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint) of the Indian Penal Code. The chargesheet was submitted in the court of Civil Judge Jagmeet Singh.

Police sources said the chargesheet includes a list of 11 prosecution witnesses, including the complainant, Arun Kumar Grover, Vice Chancellor of Panjab University, Col (Retd) G S Chadha, Registrar, PU. Besides, there were eight other witnesses, including the policemen and the mobile company operators and officials.

The professor was arrested after the victim, the principal of a PU-affiliated college in Moga, lodged a complaint. Singh was arrested on June 29 and released on bail later. The case was registered against Singh earlier under sections 354 and 509 of IPC and later sections 354A, 365 and 341 were added in the FIR. The accused, before his arrest, had filed an anticipatory bail plea, which was rejected by the court.

According to the complaint, the incident occurred on May 2 and the victim submitted the complaint to the vice chancellor on May 4, who, after almost three weeks, forwarded it to the police. The complainant had alleged that after a meeting in Chandigarh, Singh had asked for a lift and harassed her in her car on the way home after attending a seminar at PU on May 2.

The accused was allegedly pressured to resign by the V-C as a condition to withdraw the complaint. However, even after Singh submitted his resignation, the complaint was not withdrawn. The professor then sent an application to the VC saying he was withdrawing his resignation. Singh is still a senator at PU.

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