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Accused of sexually harassing researcher, DRDE scientist surrenders before police

india Updated: Dec 03, 2013 18:26 IST
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A senior scientist at the Gwalior-based Defence Research and Development Establishment (DRDE), who is accused of sexually harassing a research scholar, surrendered before police on Tuesday.

Scientist Prabhat Garg (45) was booked on the complaint of a 27-year-old woman who had worked under him at DRDE on a research project between 2010 and 2011.

The complainant got married and moved to Karnataka two years ago, but she has alleged that Garg continued sending obscene e-mails and text messages to her.

University Road police here on Saturday registered a case against Garg under sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code.

Garg was accompanied by his wife and his lawyer to the University Road police station when he surrendered on Tuesday.

However, his counsel Manoj Upadhyaya alleged that the complainant had made false accusations against Garg to cover up her academic irregularities.

Upadhyaya claimed she had fraudulently pursued two courses simultaneously, PhD and BEd – and that when Garg discovered this through an RTI application, she lodged the complaint to exert pressure on him.

The woman researcher had already filed a police complaint against Garg on October 31 in Hassan district of Karnataka, but she said police there failed to take any action. Hence, she and her husband came to Gwalior to lodge the complaint.

Her husband is employed with the central customs and excise department and posted in Hassan.