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MeToo fire reaches corporate world, police; one more charge against Akbar

Speaking to Times Now channel, Thakur said Puri asked for an undue sexual favour to get a FIR registered against the culprits involved in the land grabbing case.

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New Delhi, Oct 12 : After ravaging the media and film industry, the #MeToo campaign on Friday hit the corporate world with Tata Motors sending one of its senior executives on leave following allegations of inappropriate behaviour with employees even as another woman journalist, this time from the US, accused M.J. Akbar of sexual misconduct when he was Editor of The Asian Age newspaper.

In another development, a woman Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday came out with charges of harassment for sexual favours against one of her seniors, an Additional Director General who has retired earlier this year.

Tata Motors sent its Corporate Communications chief Suresh Rangarajan on leave. In a series of tweets, Tata Motors said the allegations against its executive were being investigated and an appropriate action would be taken after the inquiry.

“In light of the inquiry by ICC (Internal Complaints Committee), Suresh Rangarajan has been asked to proceed on leave in order to allow for an objective inquiry to be completed as swiftly as possible,” it said.

“At Tata Motors, we have always striven to ensure a respectful and safe workplace for everyone. Any allegations are investigated and appropriate action is taken immediately. This matter has already been taken up for investigation by the ICC. Any such behaviour is against the Tata code of conduct,” it said.

On Thursday, a journalist posted screenshots on her Twitter account of allegations against the Tata executive.

On Friday, yet another woman journalist came out with her MeToo story against Akbar, who is now Minister of State for External Affairs.

Majlie de Puy Kamp, currently working with the CNN, told online news portal HuffPost India that Akbar forcibly kissed her on the last day of her internship at The Asian Age office in 2007.

Akbar has already been accused of sexual assault by other women journalists when he was editor in various publications.

Also, Jammu and Kashmir DSP Shashi Thakur levelled allegations of sexual harassment at the hands of former Additional Director General of Police Alok Puri in 2015.

Thakur said on social media the she raised her voice against the land mafia in the state but she “had to face sexual harassment in the hands of the then Director Vigilance Alok Puri.

“Despite complaints against him that I filed, no one took action against him. Waiting for Justice,” Thakur said.

Speaking to Times Now channel, Thakur said Puri asked for an undue sexual favour to get a FIR registered against the culprits involved in the land grabbing case.

Puri dismissed the allegation as “nonsense”.

Meanwhile, Satadru Ojha, Editor, Calcutta Times, against whom sexual harassment allegations have been levelled by three woman journalist colleagues, “has been relieved of his current duties and relocated to a different role and city to facilitate an unbiased investigation”.

The MeToo movement in India was ignited by Bollywood actress Tanushree Dutta who levelled allegations against actor Nana Patekar, who had denied the charges. Since then, a string of women have come out with their odeal both in Bollywood and against M.J. Akbar.

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New Delhi, Dec 19: Indian National Hamid Ansari who reached India after being released from a Pakistan jail yesterday, on Wednesday met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in Delhi.

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BJP MLA shouldn’t have threatened public servant like this, says SDM Garima Singh

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Agra, Dec 18 : On the viral video in which MLA shows his power to a woman SDM,Sub-divisional magistrate Garima Singh said Bharatiya Janata Party legislator Udaybhan Chaudhary shouldn’t have spoken to a public servant like this as it isn’t right because “A procedure has to be followed.”

Garima Singh said, ” Even if he(BJP Agra MLA)was unhappy with something, he could’ve talked in a better way. The way he talked to a public servant isn’t right. A procedure has to be followed, I can’t discard orders&take steps in other ways.He shouldn’t have spoken like that,I’m sad.”

A video went viral on internet in which Bharatiya Janata Party legislator from Fatehpur Sikri assembly constituency of Uttar Pradesh was seen threatening a woman sub-divisional magistrate of “an MLA’s power”.

BJP MLA Udaybhan Chaudhary threatens SDM Garima Singh, says ‘Don’t you know I am an MLA? Don’t you realize my power, how powerful I am?’

“Aap sarkar ke virudh kaam kar rahi hain… humein dikhaana chahti hain aap SDM hain? Aapko maloom nahi main vidhayak hun? Meri taakat ka ehsas nahi hai? Loktantra ka ehsas nahi hai? Ek naukar… (You are working against the government… you want to prove it to me that you are SDM? Do you not know that I am an MLA? Do you not realise my power… not realise democracy?… A servant…),” Fatehpur Sikri MLA Uday Bhan Chaudhary can be heard saying in the video, which has gone viral.

Chaudhary had gone to Agra to meet the SDM over issues faced by farmers demanding compensation over loss of crops due to a hailstorm earlier this year in April.

District magistrate N.G. Ravi Kumar told mediapersons that an inquiry has been ordered. ADM administration Nidhi Srivastav will conduct the inquiry and submit a report soon.

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Viral Video: BJP MLA threatens SDM Garima Singh

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Agra, Dec 18 : A video went viral on internet in which Bharatiya Janata Party legislator from Fatehpur Sikri assembly constituency of Uttar Pradesh was seen threatening a woman sub-divisional magistrate of “an MLA’s power”.

BJP MLA Udaybhan Chaudhary threatens SDM Garima Singh, says ‘Don’t you know I am an MLA? Don’t you realize my power, how powerful I am?’

“Aap sarkar ke virudh kaam kar rahi hain… humein dikhaana chahti hain aap SDM hain? Aapko maloom nahi main vidhayak hun? Meri taakat ka ehsas nahi hai? Loktantra ka ehsas nahi hai? Ek naukar… (You are working against the government… you want to prove it to me that you are SDM? Do you not know that I am an MLA? Do you not realise my power… not realise democracy?… A servant…),” Fatehpur Sikri MLA Uday Bhan Chaudhary can be heard saying in the video, which has gone viral.

Chaudhary had gone to Agra to meet the SDM over issues faced by farmers demanding compensation over loss of crops due to a hailstorm earlier this year in April.

District magistrate N.G. Ravi Kumar told mediapersons that an inquiry has been ordered. ADM administration Nidhi Srivastav will conduct the inquiry and submit a report soon.

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