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GMCH sexual harassment case: Accused surrenders before court, sent to custody

The accused was taken in custody and officially arrested. The police were also granted one-day remand of the accused.

Written by Pallavi Singhal | Chandigarh |
Updated: July 7, 2021 8:37:58 am
The accused has been identified as Kamleshwar Sah, resident of New Chandigarh, Mullanpur.

A day after the accused in the GMCH sexual harassment case was denied anticipatory bail from a district court, the accused OT technician Tuesday surrendered himself at the court premises. The accused was taken into custody and officially arrested. The police were also granted one day remand of the accused.

As per Inspector Rajiv Kumar, SHO Sector 34 police station, “The accused had surrendered in court around 12 pm this noon. We presented him in court today and requested one day remand.”

The accused has been identified as Kamleshwar Sah, a resident of New Chandigarh Mullanpur in Mohali.

It was on Monday that a single bench of an additional sessions court of Chandigarh had dismissed the anticipatory bail sought by the accused observing that “the allegations are serious and have allegedly taken place at the workplace. The circumstances warrant that custodial interrogation of the applicant takes place to bring out the truth. He, therefore, is not found entitled to anticipatory bail.”

A detailed order of the dismissal was made available only today.

As per the order, the counsel for the accused Kamleshwar Sah had argued in the court, that Kamleshwar “has been falsely implicated in the case at the instance of the complainant.”

Enumerating events as per the accused, the counsel had argued, “On that day this applicant was on duty and at about 6 pm the complainant, who was on duty, asked applicant for technical support. The applicant was on the way to provide the same when complainant Doctor rudely addressed him as “bhaiya” and asked him to assist in the Operation Theatre (OT). He objected to being addressed as “Bhaiya” and sought that instead he be addressed as ‘Sir’. He also stated that he will come back there after completing his emergency work. For this reason the complainant threatened applicant and never called him again for the work.”

The accused alleged via his counsel in the court that, “On next day he was called at Police Station 34, Chandigarh where he was misbehaved by police officials, was given slaps and was pressurized to confess the guilt… His own wife works in the same institution which also goes to show the improbability of taking place of alleged occurrence.”

The counsel for victim doctor on the other hand argued, that the matter was reported to the police immediately. “Departmental proceedings were also initiated in which the applicant did not appear. Allegations are serious. His custodial interrogation will be necessary… As per his own version they both were on duty on the day of alleged occurrence and they also had confronted each other… As per police file, the matter was promptly reported to the police by 11.27 pm on the same day. Police file further shows that complainant had reported the matter to the departmental authorities also where it was taken up by Internal Complaint Committee of Sexual Harassment for Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition & Redressal) where the applicant did not appear.”

The surrender also comes a day after hundreds of resident doctors of the GMCH-32 walked in protest against the lackadaisical attitude shown by authorities and police in arresting the accused OT technician who had allegedly molested the third year PG anesthesia student at the hospital premises on June 27. A token strike was also held wherein only emergency wards and covid care services were extended by the junior resident doctors.

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