One-year-jail to Sector-34 firm employee for harassing interviewee

  • Shailee Dogra, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Nov 04, 2014 15:36 IST

Judicial magistrate Aman Inder Singh awarded one-year jail term to a resident of Sector 22-B, Chandigarh, for asking for a sexual favour from an interviewee in exchange for a job offer.The convict Surinder Uniyal was booked in April 3, 2013, under charges of sexual harassment of the interviewee.

He was convicted on October 31, 2014.

However, he was immediately released on bail after submission of bail bonds of Rs 10,000.
According to the police complaint, the victim had applied for a job in IKYA Human Capital Solutions Private Limited, Sector 34, Chandigarh.

The victim was interviewed by Surinder Uniyal, who had, through a message, allegedly asked her “to do a wrong act in order to get the job and if she complied with the same, then she will get the job easily.”
The victim alleged that Surinder had even asked her to spend some time with the regional head of the company to get the job.

The court held, “The offence committed by the accused is a serious one. The accused has tried to outrage the modesty of the victim. The conversation (between the two) is not befitting and has some implicit meaning.”

Action recommended against IO for shoddy investigation

Taking the investigating officer (IO) sub inspector Ramesh Kumar to task for shoddy investigation, the court recommended that appropriate action be taken against him.

The court said: “The IO has made his best efforts to shield the accused by conducting a shoddy investigation. He has not made the person, for whom these favours were sought by the accused, a witness.”
The court directed the inspector general of police, Chandigarh, to take appropriate action against him and submit a compliance report within 40 days.

The court held, “SI Ramesh Kumar conducted no investigation and completed only the paper work. When the vitcim had complained that the accused had been harassing her through messages, it is the duty of the IO to obtain the call records and messages detail from the concerned service provider.”

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