A 33-year-old IAS officer was caught on camera with his pants down and promptly suspended.
The Madhya Pradesh government took this action against the CEO of the Bhopal district panchayat, Dnyaneshwar Patil for allegedly sodomising a panchayat secretary.
Patil and the complainant, Satish Chauksey (23), the Sikandarabad village panchayat secretary were captured on camera by two Bhopal-based TV news channels on Thursday night.
The footage shows the two emerging from the men’s room of the district panchayat office. Patil has his pants off and Chauksey is without his shirt. The channels also have a sound bite of Chauksey saying that his superior had committed an unnatural act with him.
Chauksey told the police that Patil had been sexually abusing him for quite some time and he decided to put an end to it by getting the TV channels to carry out a sting operation.
Patil, however, told HT he was being “blackmailed” by his subordinate.
“He(Chouksey) wanted me to regularise (the employment of) his relative who works in Bagroda but I refused. I stay in the office till late at night. I left my seat to give him a hint that he should leave. However, when I entered the bathroom, he started yelling and as I came out, the cameramen appeared suddenly,” claimed Patil.
Though Patil, a 2003-batch IAS officer, has been suspended, the police are yet to register an FIR against him.
Bhopal superintendent of police Jaideep Prasad said a case would be registered only after verification of the complaints made by both men. He said Chauksey would be medically examined.
District panchayat employees have come out in support of Patil while a section of panchayat secretaries has decided to launch an agitation against him.