BHEL Employee Suicide [Sexual Harassment]: SC Issues Notice in Plea Seeking Transfer Of Investigation From Telangana Police To CBI
The Supreme Court issued notice in a plea seeking transfer of criminal investigation from Telangana State Police to the CBI (or any other central agency) in the commission of suicide of a BHEL employee due to sexual harassment at workplace. A bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar & Sanjiv Khanna while admitting the petition, issued notices to the Telangana Government, Telangana Police, CBI & BHEL and sought their replies. The case has been listed for further consideration after three weeks. The petition has been filed by Mother of the 33-year old woman, an employee at the Public Sector Undertaking, BHEL in Telangana who was allegedly “sexually harassed, molested, stalked, mentally tortured and attempted to be raped by her own supervisor and by her own office colleagues at BHEL, Hyderabad, which forced her to ultimately commit suicide on 17.10.2019, at a young age of 33 Years”. The plea contends that despite a suicide note detailing horrific details was retrieved after the commission of suicide, the Telangana Police has not yet arrested the main accused who have been named in the note. Further to this, the latest report on June 2 reveals that a “clean chit” has been given to the accused by the the Police.