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Rajak faces harass slur

Patna, Dec. 4: A senior woman employee with Doordarshan, Patna, has filed a written complaint with police against state food and consumer protection minister Shyam Rajak, accusing him of “mental harassment”.

In the complaint lodged with the Shastri Nagar police station, the employee has said that on November 22 this year, Rajak had called her up on her mobile phone and threatened her to listen to his “bhai”. “Bhai” can refer to one’s brother or even to a friend. The police said it was not clear who exactly the “bhai” was.

Rajak denied the charges and said he didn’t remember making any calls to anyone on that particular day. “I do not remember calling anyone on November 22. Everyday, thousands of people come to me for ‘pairvi’ (pleadings and requests) for various kinds of work. If I had done something like this, why is she going to the police on December 4? Why didn’t she approach the police on the same day or even after one or two days? The charges against me are completely false and baseless,” the minister told The Telegraph.

In her complaint, the Doordarshan employee has named two persons, Rajak and a programme executive in her office. The Telegraph is withholding the executive’s name as the complaint is not very clear on why his name has been included.

The woman officer’s lawyer, Shruti Singh, said a complaint of mental harassment has been filed.

“My client was having problems with an employee in office. On November 22, minister Shyam Rajak called her up on her phone and threatened her. He told her that she should not think that she was in an important position and directed her to listen to his ‘bhai’. Following this, we have filed a complaint with the Shastri Nagar police station. We have also met B.N. Jha, the Patna rural SP who is in charge as Patna SSP,” Shruti Singh told The Telegraph.

Vidya Bhushan, the station house officer of Shastri Nagar police station, said no charges had been pressed as yet. “The application talks about her getting a call from the minister’s phone. We are investigating the allegation,” Bhushan said.

Vindhyachal Singh, an advocate with Patna High Court, said a mental harassment case usually does not fall under the ambit of a criminal offence. “Though I do not know the details of the case, a case of mental harassment, prima facie, does not fall in the category of criminal offences. The complainant can seek damages under the law of torts.”

A tort is a civil wrong which unfairly causes someone else to suffer a loss or harm resulting in legal liability for the person who commits the tortious act.

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