Patna, Dec. 5: Police today lodged an FIR against food and consumer protection minister Shyam Rajak and a senior employee of Doordarshan Patna in connection with the complaint of alleged mental harassment lodged by a woman employee of the same organisation.
Rajak and Naveen Kumar Prasad, who works with Doordarshan Patna as a programme executive, have been booked under sections 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
In addition, the complainant has also approached the National Commission for Women (NCW), seeking support and help.
An accused under the two sections can be punished with imprisonment up to seven years or with fine or both.
The complainant, along with her lawyer, visited the Shastri Nagar police station today for the second successive day. Her complaint has been converted into an FIR (number 84/13).
“I have been forced to approach the police after facing continuous insults and threats. The last nail was on December 4 when around 7am, some five to six persons came to my residence. My maid opened the door and the men threatened that if I don’t listen to the words of ‘mantriji’, I will face graver consequences and have problems in even going from home to office. I have sent a copy of the application (a copy of which is with The Telegraph) to the NCW. I hope I will get justice,” the complainant told The Telegraph.
According to the FIR, the woman employee, who had been given additional charge of programme head on October 15, was being pressured by Prasad to sign on some documents which were old but fresh dates had been put on them.
The application says that when she refused to do so, Prasad said he was the “brother” of minister Shyam Rajak. Then, around 9pm on November 22, she received a call from a mobile number belonging to Rajak (94310-22200). The application states that the minister abused her and said that she had to listen and do whatever his “brother” Naveen asked her to do.
Rajak categorically denied that Naveen Prasad was his brother. “I am not going to take any action or lodge any counter FIR. I don’t known Naveen and he is not my brother in any form. Each day I see around 200 different people who come with many kinds of requests and I do oblige them sometimes. I am going to stay quiet but say again that that I am not related to Naveen anyway,” the minister told The Telegraph.
The application further states from then till December 4, Prasad threatened and tortured her mentally at the workplace.
Prasad could not be reached for comment.
Vidya Bhushan, the station house officer of Shastri Nagar police station, said the copy of the FIR has been sent to the court of the chief judicial magistrate. “Investigations will take place and more sections could be added as per the findings,” he said.