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‘I was beaten up, accused of causing loss to firm’

mumbai Updated: Dec 06, 2010 01:02 IST
Shailendra Mohan

A corporate employee, who was allegedly assaulted by his employers, claimed that he had to run from pillar to post for more than a month before the police registered his case.

But the police have refuted his allegations saying that himself did not want to register the FIR.

Ranjeet Jha, 33, was the general manager (treasury) of Goenka Diamonds and Jewels Limited, which has its office at Pareekh Mansion in Opera House. He was in charge of handling foreign exchange and treasury. He had been working with the firm for about four months.

In his FIR, Jha stated that in October he had warned Navneet Goenka, the firm’s managing director, that their trade in foreign exchange could cause them losses. But Navneet insisted on holding on to the deal and it caused them a loss of Rs 7 crore.

Navneet’s father, Nandlal, abused Jha blaming him for the loss. Jha decided to quit but Navneet insisted on meeting him and called him to his office on October 22.

Jha alleged that while he was waiting for Navneet, the company’s COO Arvind Gupta asked him to wait inside Navneet’s cabin. Later, Navneet and his father Nandlal came in and, they started assaulting me, Jha alleged.

“Navneet’s brother, Nitin, joined them and they kept hitting me with their hands, feet and shoes,” Jha alleged. He started bleeding but they did not stop. Jha alleged that another employee, Pradeep Poddar, also assaulted him.

Jha claimed that they made him sign on blank stamp papers and write a suicide note. “They threatened to kill me,” Jha said. They sent a man to his house to collect his passport and other educational certificates from his house.

They then kept him confined in the office. On October 23, Jha managed to call his friend from the office phone as his cell phone was taken away by his assaulters. His friend informed the police, who rescued him.

Jha said he was so frightened that he did not register an FIR that day.

He added that the DB Marg police officers told him to compromise with his assaulters.

Nagappa Mali, senior police inspector of DB Marg police station, said: “Jha kept running away. We are not going to chase him for that.”

Jha said that the police asked him to register a non-cognisable offence (NC) and that they would ask his employers to return him all documents and the blank stamp papers.

When Jha did not get his papers back, he decided to register an FIR but Mali assured him that he would get his papers back and made him file NCs.

Mali said that Jha had compromised with his assaulters. When asked if the compromise took place in police presence, Mali replied in negative.

On December 1, Jha contacted Nawal Bajaj, additional commissioner of police, who directed the local police to register an FIR. The next day, Jha’s FIR was registered by DB Marg police but the police are yet to act on it.

When the Hindustan Times contacted Navneet over the allegations, he said that he was unaware about it. Bajaj was unavailable for comment.

Mali said an FIR has been filed but no one has been arrested or questioned. “We will call them for questioning on Monday,” Mali said.