I-T officer accuses RTI activist of harassment in Gwalior

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Gwalior
  • Updated: Aug 13, 2014 16:59 IST

An income tax commissioner, whose husband is a Lok Sabha MP from Delhi, has accused a retired officer of her department of sexually harassing her using social media.

Based on the written complaint of the Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer with Mahila police station at Padav, the police have booked 70-year-old KK Garg under IPC sections 354 (d) (stalking) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman), a police officer said. Garg was arrested in the case but released on bail.

The police have seized Garg’s mobile phone, which contained messages and photos allegedly sent to the woman officer using WhatsApp. The accused clicked her photos during an RTI appellate session at the commissioner’s office some time ago.

SSP Santosh Kumar Singh said the charge sheet will be prepared at the earliest and submitted in court for speedy trial in the case. The police, he said, will also frame one more charge against Garg under IT Act under section 66 (c). According to the complainant, Garg sent her photos and messages congratulating on her husband’s victory in the Lok Sabha election with malafide intention. She said the accused clicked her photos without her knowledge during an appellate session and then posted to her through WhatsApp.

She ignored this initially but later Garg started sending her more messages, she said.

Mahila police station in-charge Ruchika Chaturvedi said an FIR under section 354 (d) and 509 was lodged against Garg after receiving the written complaint of harassment from I-T commissioner. The complaint was sent through an employee of the income tax department on Monday. Meanwhile, Garg, also an RTI activist, dismissed allegations as a vindictive move to settle scores with him.

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