Thane Jailer, SP Hiralal Jadhav has been suspended following a complaint by a woman constable, who has accused him of sexual harassment.
The victim, registered a complaint on August 31 at Thane Police station. The victim produced WhatsApp messages, audio clips and pictures which were sent by Jadhav to her, despite her objections. The victim has alleged that he often pressed her to go for long drives, asked her to meet her outside and sent her poetries, which were unacceptable to the woman constable.
In the past, Jadhav tries to dodge out several complaints filed against him, and escaped untouched by law, however foreseeing the gravity of this issue, he applied for anticipatory bail.
An inquiry however was initiated by the prisons department under the Inspector General (IG) Rajvardhan Sinha, and the report was filed Thursday evening.
Jadhav’s suspension was confirmed by Maharashtra Additional Director General of Police (Prison) Bhushan Upadhay. Upadhyay told MiD DAY, “We had sent the inquiry report to Additional Chief Secretary (Prisons) Vijay Satbir Singh on Thursday. On Friday, we received an order from him regarding Jadhav’s suspension. The allegations were serious and found to be true. Accordingly, action was taken against him,” adding that the additional charge of Thane Central Jail will taken over by Deputy Superintendent, VB Vayachal.
However the police have recorded the statements of four constables at the jail who witnessed the sexual harassment incident and the investigations is in process.
Having been suspended for 18 months earlier for inappropriate behaviour towards women subordinates, Jadhav is not a first time accused of this crime. In the previous case, complaints filed by 13 women recruits who were training under him at the Yerawada Jail Officers Training Centre in 2013, he was found guilty of abusive language and Crude gestures.
Following MiD-DAY’s report, current Additional Chief Secretary Singh has ordered an inquiry in the case.