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Molestation heat on Accenture execs

Police teams visited the office of Accenture Services Pvt Ltd here thrice on Thursday after four of its senior officials, booked for the alleged sexual harassment of a woman employee, continued to evade arrest.

india Updated: Nov 08, 2013 00:08 IST
Leena Dhankhar

Police teams visited the office of Accenture Services Pvt Ltd here thrice on Thursday after four of its senior officials, booked for the alleged sexual harassment of a woman employee, continued to evade arrest.

The police said the four were not cooperating and when contacted, had told the police to speak to the company’s legal department.

The woman, 27, had on October 31 lodged a police complaint against team leader Ashwini Sinha, process manager Chetanya Mudra, HR manager Aditya Nagpal and Gurgaon branch head Anindya Dutt.

She told HT, “I joined Accenture on March 12 as a senior associate and was sent to Gurgaon for training. Soon after, the senior officials started ragging me. My team leader often passed obscene comments and tried to make advances at me. When I confronted him, he made me a non-performer in his assessment.”

She also claimed she wasn’t given any work, and was finally asked to leave on August 27. “When I asked for a formal termination letter, they refused. I got it on September 5 only after mailing the HR manager twice. The email said I wasn’t suitable for the job,” she said.

“We are trying to verify the allegations. However, neither the company nor the accused are participating in the investigation. We will arrest them soon,” said Inspector Rajinder Singh.

An Accenture statement said, “We are aware of the matter and cooperating with the authorities. Accenture has a code of business ethics and if our people don’t comply with it, we take appropriate action.”

HT managed to contact Dutt, who said, “Her allegations aren’t true. I rarely visit office as I work from home.” The other three had their phones switched off.