A Delhi court on Thursday framed charges against a CBI officer for sending a lewd SMS to his woman colleague, paving the way for his trial in the case.
The Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, finding prima facie substance in the allegations against accused Vidya Dhar Dube, the CBI officer, charged him with the offences relating to uttering words or making a gesture with an aim to insult the modesty of a woman under the IPC.
The court also charged Dube under a provision of the Information Technology Act for sending the SMS to the complainant woman officer.
The court put the matter for recording of statement of witnesses on April 30, 2010, after Dube pleaded not guilty to the charges and expressed his willingness to contest them.
The CBI accused Dube of sending a lewd SMS to the complainant with an aim to insult her modesty.
According to the prosecution, the accused, who worked with the probe agency had sent the electronic messages to the complainant and his colleague on February eight, nine and 17, 2007.
The CBI, which registered the FIR in the matter, alleged the accused had sent similar messages to the woman officer earlier also in October-November, 2006, but was let off after he gave an apology to her in front of a Superintendent of Police.