Senior UIDAI officer accused of sexual harassment
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Last Updated: Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 00:30
Hyderabad: The Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has ordered the transfer of a senior IAS officer, heading the regional office of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) here, following allegations of sexual harassment by a woman Indian Revenue Service officer.

The CAT Hyderabad Bench had last week directed the Centre that UIDAI's Deputy Director General V S Bhaskar be transferred after the complainant, who is working as Assistant Director General at the UIDAI's regional office, sought action against him, her counsel Jonnalagadda Sudheer said on Tuesday.

Bhaskar has approached the Andhra Pradesh High Court against the CAT directive. The High Court on Tuesday posted the matter for further hearing for Wednesday.

The complainant had earlier approached higher authorities accusing Bhaskar of sexual harassment and passing sexiest comments and sought his transfer from the regional office of UIDAI to enable her to continue her work, Sudheer said.

"As no action was taken against Bhaskar despite the matter being brought to the notice of authorities concerned, she was compelled to go on leave for six months," Sudheer said and claimed even the enquiry committee for sexual harassment held prima facie that Bhaskar was guilty of misconduct of sexual harassment."

"Despite this finding, Bhaskar was not transferred, after which she approached the CAT," Sudheer said.

Bhaskar could not be reached for comments.


First Published: Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 00:30

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