An outsourced AIIMS-Patna employee, facing allegations of financial irregularities, has slapped charges of sexual harassment against an IPS officer, holding a top administrative post at the institute.
The charge comes after the officer reportedly objected to the director about the activities of the woman, who has been re-engaged after a two-year lay-off.
The officer concerned had reportedly found clinching evidence of financial impropriety against the woman that led to her losing the job after the firm’s contract with the institute ended in August 2013.
Working with Vision India Private Limited initially, the woman has now made it back to the institute through another agency — the Sampoorna Enterprises — which provides office staff to AIIMS-Patna. Her husband is a technician at the institute.
The IPS officer had found the woman, looking after the affairs of the institute guest house, guilty of disbursing salary to a cook, who was absent for almost a month. The institute had collected evidence on the basis of the attendance register before the officer pressed charges of financial impropriety, and ordered that the woman be served a show-cause notice.
The woman, in her February 19 complaint, has now alleged, after two-and-a-half years, that the deputy director had engaged the guest house cook at his residence. She also claimed that when she asked the cook to come to the guest house in time and sign the attendance register, the officer asked her to come to his residence to mark the cook’s attendance.
While requesting the director to urge the IPS officer to remove any personal bias against her, the woman, in her complaint, said that the matter be referred to the institute anti-sexual harassment committee.
Dismissing the claim, the officer said, “The charges are absolutely baseless. The complainant is just a pawn. It is part of a larger conspiracy to save the wrongdoers and defame me.”
Director Dr GK Singh said, “I received a complaint against my junior officer that has been referred to our anti-sexual harassment committee. Beyond this I cannot disclose anything.”
It is worth mentioning here that the officer concerned had acted as a whistle-blower to expose irregularities in faculty recruitment at the institute in 2013. The matter has been referred to the CBI.
Meanwhile, over 100 paramedical staff rallied behind the officer and urged the director to ensure an impartial probe so that officers, working with ‘honesty’ and ‘in institute’s interest’, did not become a victim of such frivolous complaints.
This is the second such incident at the AIIMS-Patna. Last December a young patient had levelled charges of sexual harassment against a doctor in the surgery department of the institute. The confidential report of the anti-sexual harassment committee has been sent to the governing body of the institute, headed by the Union health minister JP Nadda.