//Punjab health secretary, Dr.Guru absolved of harassment charges

Punjab health secretary, Dr.Guru absolved of harassment charges

NC Bipindra
[ Tuesday, June 13, 2006 02:23:02 amTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]

 CHANDIGARH: The Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) on Monday absolved state health secretary DS Guru of "sexual harassment" and "human rights violation" charges made against him by woman dentist Puneet Kaur of Delhi three months ago.

The Full Commission, which examined the complaint and replies from the Punjab government and the UT police, dismissed Dr Puneet Kaur's complaint, as it found no merit in the charges levelled against the IAS officer.

Dr Kaur had made allegations against Guru, stating that he had misbehaved with her when she visited him seeking a job in his department against a vacancy.

The Commission on March 16 this year had taken cognizance of the complaint and called for a report on the complaint from the Punjab chief secretary.

After conducting the probe, Punjab principal secretary Tejinder Kaur stated in her report that there was no basis for the complaint and it was done with an ulterior motive.

The principal secretary said that the complainant had failed to appear before her despite repeated reminders to give her statement.
As Dr Kaur had made a formal complaint at Sector 3 police station here, sub-inspector Maninder Singh probed the complaint and submitted a report that the complaint was false and that Dr GS Chahal had violated civil service rules and tried to defame his senior officer.

The SI recommended that action be initiated against Dr GS Chahal as per laws of the civil service rules.

The Commission said the reading of the two reports left no room for doubt that the complainant had become a tool in the hands of Dr Chahal and to settle his personal score, the complainant was put forward to level "most irresponsible allegations not expected from a good citizen against a sitting IAS officer just to malign his fair image".

After receiving reports from the Punjab principal secretary and the UT inspector general of police on the incidents, the Commission sent notices to the complainant to reply to the report findings.

However, despite forwarding the reports to the complainant’s address, she failed to file her response with the Commission.

"Hence, it would be presumed that she had nothing to say against the said reports," the Full Commission comprising acting chairperson Justice RL Anand and members VK Sibal, NK Arora and BC Rajput said.