Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday suspended Thane jail superintendent Hiralal Jadhav for an alleged sexual harassment case filed by a woman constable working in the jail. A probe has also been ordered against him.
The 31-year-old constable had filed the complaint against the jail officer on Wednesday, after which the jail administration proposed an inquiry against him.
In her complaint, she alleged that Jadhav forced her to meet him after office hours and when she reached the spot he dragged her into his vehicle on August 26.
Based on the report submitted by the jail administration, the home department suspended the officer.
Fadnavis on Friday cleared the file to suspend the officer and said that the probe will be conducted.
“The suspension was based on the report submitted by additional general of police (prison) BK Upadhyay. Jadhav was suspended to ensure there was no interference in the probe. The name of the investigating officer will be soon decided,” said Dr Vijay Satbir Sing, additional chief secretary, Home.
The complaint was registered under sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 354-A (physical contact and advances involving unwelcome and explicit sexual overtures) at Thane police station on Wednesday night.
Jadhav applied for anticipatory bail the next day.
It is not the first time that Jadhav is under scanner. He is reportedly facing another complaint filed by 17 trainees for sexual harassment in Pune in 2012. After the complaint, an inquiry was initiated. It found substantial evidence against his misdemeanour, which led to his suspension for 18 months
The case is still pending with Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal.