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SEXUAL HARASSMENT COMPLAINT AGAINST JAPANESE BOSS, OTHERS

SEXUAL HARASSMENT COMPLAINT AGAINST JAPANESE BOSS, OTHERS

High Court gives temporary relief staying the police investigation for four weeks

The High Court has stayed the investigation in the sexual harassment complaint filed against six top officers of Japanese company Yokogawa India, by four weeks. Based on a complaint by a female employee, the Electronics City police had registered the case (Crime 354/2016), last week.

The allegation is against five persons, including the Japanese managing director of the company, Tsutomu Murata, additional general managers Nayan TG, Sunil Nambiar, Prashanth Phople and vice president Rajagopalan K.

The petition for quashing the police complaint and investigation came up before Justice H Billappa on Wednesday. Arguing the case for the accused, senior advocate CV Nagesh said that the police have registered the case under Section 354(A) of the Indian Penal Code but this section is not attracted as per the allegations made. The court issued emergent notices to the police and the complainant while staying the investigation for four weeks. It did not however agree to quash the complaint without hearing the complainant and police first.

According to the police complaint, the woman, who is 51, was working in the same company for the past 21 years. She allegedly faced harassment from her senior colleagues for the last six months.

The complaint says she suffered from “mental and physical torture” at their hands. On July 14, Rajagopalan and Prashanth allegedly called her to HR department office for a talk and misbehaved with her there, scolding her using vulgar words and threatened her. Based on this complaint, the police registered a case under Section 354(A).