An employee of the National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS) who had complained of sexual harassment at the workplace had her statement recorded before a magistrate at Bidhannagar court on Thursday.
A Barasat court refused to hear an anticipatory bail plea of the accused and fixed August 14 as the next date of the hearing.
The woman filed an FIR with Bidhannagar South police station on July 26, alleging sexual harassment, physical assault and criminal intimidation in the form of acid attack threats. She also blamed the authorities for failing to act on her complaint.
She had submitted a written complaint to the vice-chancellor of the university on June 12, and decided to go to police after the first hearing of the internal inquiry was postponed to August 20.
Sources at the university said the internal probe was yet to gather speed. “Our internal complaints committee is investigating the case. Action will be taken on the basis of the outcome of the probe,” said Surojit Mukhopadhyay, the registrar of NUJS.
The complainant was taken to the office of the additional chief judicial magistrate, Bidhannagar court, on Thursday afternoon and her statement was recorded under Section 164 of the CrPC.
“The statement has now become the court’s property,” said an officer of Bidhannagar South police station.
The police had earlier recorded her statement as a routine procedure under the provision of Section 161 of the CrPC.
“She has lodged an FIR. Other than the formal complaint, we recorded her statement as it will be placed in court as a piece of vital evidence against the accused,” an officer probing the case said.
“Lawyers defending the accused may challenge a statement made by the victim before the police, saying it was made under pressure. But they will not be able to challenge a statement recorded before a magistrate,” said an officer.