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Laxity shows in IIM case

Almost a week has gone by since a professor of IIM-Ranchi filed sexual harassment charges against a male colleague, but police seem to have made no major headway in the case, triggering doubts of lax probe.

Though a team headed by sub-inspector Meera Singh of Kotwali police station — where the FIR against senior faculty member of operations management Sasadhar Bera was lodged on July 24 — visited the IIM campus on Wednesday, it remained tight-lipped on its findings.

“We spoke to some professors, both parties (read the female professor and Bera) and IIM officials briefly. It is too early to say anything,” said sub-inspector Singh.

Kotwali OC Arvind Sinha sounded more clueless. In fact, he claimed that no police team had visited the B-school campus on Wednesday. “We were supposed to go, but returned midway owing to some work,” he said. When told that a team had indeed visited IIM, he covered his ignorance, saying, “Yes, maybe, but nothing major happened.”

The prestigious business cradle, on the other hand, shut the media out. Officiating director Binay Bhushan Chakrabarti claimed investigations were on. Has the IIM management formed its own probe committee? “Yes,” he said briefly.

The State Commission for Women has adopted a wait-and-watch policy. “We are waiting for police to give us a probe report. We will conducts ours if not satisfied. We are keeping close watch,” said chairperson Mahua Maji.