The Panipat district police have cancelled a first information report (FIR) in which seven Employees Provident Fund (EPF) officials were booked for sexual harassment after it was found that the report was false.
In his case registered on February 9, Rajpal Goyal, a freelance consultant of the EPF's regional office at Karnal had accused the seven persons of trying to molest his wife and attempting to rape her at Panipat city's Sukhdev Nagar. He had also alleged that a top ranking officer posted at EPF office had overlooked the complaint of sexual harassment by his junior staff and that he should also be charged for sexual harassment.According to the complaint, the alleged incident had taken place on August 27, 2013.
Panipat superintendent of police B Satheesh Balan said that investigations revealed that the case was false and Goyal had been booked for furnishing a misleading complaint.
The district police, however, they have come under severe criticism for registering a case that "hurt the reputation of several people".
"Under section 166-A of the Criminal Procedure Code, the police are mandated to register all cases, especially those that pertain to the sexual harassment. If not, the officer who refuses to register the case may be booked for committing a very serious offense. However, it is a matter of grave concern that the police have found the case to be false and a legal action would now be taken against Goyal," said Balan.
Police investigations revealed that following an internal vigilance inquiry, Goyal and one Mohammad Munnawar were charged, on February 9, by the regional PF office for embezzling Rs 20 lakh.
"Goyal was booked in the afternoon of that day and within an hour, he approached the police with a complaint, which later turned out to be false," said deputy superintendent of police Jitender Gehlawat. Meanwhile, sources in the police said that the media should have restrained from reporting the case "as it had appeared to be frivolous".