New Delhi, June 11: Haryana’s Additional Chief Secretary (animal husbandry), Sunil Gulati on Monday denied all the charges of sexual harassment levelled on him by a junior IAS officer. Speaking to reporters over the issue, Gulati asserted that he tried to help her out after he came to know about a few problems faced by her. Terming these allegations baseless, Gulati said that he is ready for investigation and can go under lie-detector test, if needed.
He also claimed that the 28-year-old officer had been advised “not to find faults with the files which have got all necessary clearances from other officials”.
On the other hand, the woman IAS officer, while talking to ANI reiterated her allegation saying,”Sunil Gulati sexually harassed and threatened me. Such incidents took place with me earlier too when I was posted in Ambala, Kosli and Dabwali. I’ve complained about it to officers but no was taken against them till today.” (Also read: Haryana Woman IAS Officer Accuses Senior of Sexual Harassment, Narrates Ordeal on Facebook)
Notably, the issue came under limelight on Sunday after the junior IAS officer put up a Facebook post levelling allegations of sexual harassment on Gulati.
In her social media post, the woman mentioned that the male officer, her boss, summoned her on May 22 and “threatened” her. He questioned me why I write on files the wrongs the department has done.”
Furthermore she alleged, the superior officers allegedly threatened to file a complaint and spoil her Annual Confidential Report (ACR) if she did not stop writing adverse comments on the official files. The senior officer then summoned her on May 31 “and instructed his staff that no other person should enter the room”.
“He asked me to tell what type of work I wanted to do, whether I want departmental work or time-pass work and then he asked me to stop writing adverse comments on the files. He told me that like a newly wed bride, I had to be explained everything, and he was explaining to me in the same manner. His behaviour seemed immoral,” she alleged.
On June 6, the senior officer called her in his office at 5 pm and asked her to stay there till 7.39 pm, she claimed.
“I was sitting on the other side of the table in front of him. He asked me to get up and come closer to his chair. When I reached the other side of the table, he pretended to teach me how to operate a computer. I rushed back to my chair… After some time, he got up. Pretending to find a paper, he came close to my chair and pushed it,” she wrote. The woman officer, from 2014 batch also claimed that the senior officer and some of his colleagues were now threatening her.