Public TV broadcaster Doordarshan has been instructed to clip the wings of two senior officers based at its Bhopal offices for sexually harassing a colleague, documents obtained by HT show, but the official tasked to take the disciplinary action denied having received any directions.
HT has a copy of the letter in which the chief executive officer (CEO) of Prasar Bharti – the agency that oversees Doordarshan (DD) and the All India Radio -- has asked the DD’s director general to ensure Bhopal DD Kendra’s programme head SN Singh and his deputy Ashish Khare face the actions recommended by Doordarshan’s internal complaints committee.
Singh had rejected the accusations as ‘blackmail’ and alleged the inquiry officer was biased, while Khare had said that he has sought a fresh investigation.
Prasar Bharti’s decision to enforce the internal complaints committee’s recommendations – and not order a fresh probe -- suggests that the official are on thin ice.
A four-member internal panel had found both the officials guilty of harassing and unjustly sacking the Bhopal Kendra resource person and recommended their immediate transfers from the Bhopal office and to positions in which they do not wield discretionary powers.
The panel also recommended the complainant be reinstated to a higher position, given her record of 10 years at the DD Kendra.
The letter dated August 5, 2015 written by deputy director (personnel) Vijayalakshmi Krishnan on behalf of Prasar Bharti CEO says C Lalrosanga, DD’s director general, has been asked to instruct DD Bhopal Kendra’s engineering director to implement the recommendations of the internal complaints committee urgently.
P Setumadhvan, DD Bhopal’s director of engineering said he has not received any instructions from his Delhi-based superiors yet. “Twenty days have passed after I received a copy of a letter of Prasar Bharti asking director general DD to instruct DD Bhopal Kendra to follow the recommendations of the internal committee immediately but nothing has been done till date. The accused are still working at their respective positions”, the victim said.