Police arrested the security manager of a five-star hotel for allegedly molesting a 33-year-old woman employee and attempting to disrobe her. The arrest on the July 30 complaint filed by the woman came after a CCTV footage of the alleged incident surfaced in which the accused is purportedly seen trying to pull the woman’s sari. Later in the day, the accused was granted bail by a city court on a personal bond of Rs 25,000. The woman alleged that the man had been putting pressure on her for a physical relation and that she had been resisting his advances. On July 29, he called her for a birthday party to his room, tried to disrobe her and even offered to get her the gifts she wanted, she alleged.
The woman told police that she complained to the HR of the hotel, but was sacked. The woman approached the police with a complaint and a case was registered on July 30. After the complaint was filed, the police questioned both the sides and following a probe, the accused was arrested today. “After the woman lodged a complaint, a case was registered and the evidences she gave were being cross-checked. She also submitted some CCTV footages that were put under verification,” said Dependra Pathak, chief spokesperson, Delhi Police and special commissioner of police (Operations).
The accused was called, examined and the statement was taken of the victim. The accused said certain things to counter what the woman said and they were also examined. “Prima facie, the culpability on the part of the accused was found and he was arrested today. Further investigation has been taken up,” said Pathak. Another officer privy to the investigation said that the accused claimed that the woman had a boyfriend at the workplace and he was abusive towards her. Their conduct was improper, the accused alleged. The accused claimed that one of the cameras installed at the hotel had captured her boyfriend assaulting her, following which he was sacked, said the other officer. The woman wanted her boyfriend to be hired again and on that day, she had come to the security manager’s room to plead for her boyfriend’s job, the accused told the police.
He alleged that the CCTV footage was concocted and doctored. However, the police arrested the accused since it was found that the accused had touched her sari and his conduct was improper. He was later produced in a court. Metropolitan Magistrate Snigdha Sarvaria granted bail to the accused after furnishing a personal bond of Rs 25,000. If held guilty of molestation, the accused can be awarded a maximum of two-year jail term or a fine or both.