The Tamil Nadu government has set up an inquiry committee to probe a woman IPS officer’s complaint of sexual harassment against Special Director General of Police (Law and Order) Rajesh Das. An order to this effect was issued by Additional Chief Secretary, Home Department SK Prabakar.
Das has been downgraded and kept on "compulsory wait" at the office of the DGP, a Home Department order from SK Prabakar, Additional Chief Secretary, said, reported PTI. Das has been replaced by K Jayanth Murali, additional DGPdirector of Vigilance and Anti-corruption.
The presiding officer of the six-member committee is additional chief secretary (planning and development) Jayashree Raghunandan. Other members are additional general of police (headquarters): Seema Agrawal, inspector general of police (administration) A Arun, deputy inspector general of police (Kancheepuram range) B Shamoondeswari, chief administrative officer of office of the DGP V K Ramesh Babu and International Justice Mission programme management head Loretta Jhona.
An order issued by Home Secretary states, "The committee shall take necessary further course of action as per the provisions of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 (Central Act 14 to 2013) on the said complaint."
Earlier, DMK leaders MK Stalin and Kanimozhi had questioned the state government, demanding action on the matter. Stalin, in a statement, urged Chief Minister K Palaniswamy to initiate immediate action on the complaint, suspend Das and register a criminal case against him.
(With inputs from PTI)