The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the state to furnish the police report to the petitioner in an appeal filed by the mother of a woman finance officer, for CBI enquiry into the death of her daughter, who had committed suicide allegedly due to repeated sexual harassment at her workplace at BHEL Hyderabad office.
A bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar and Sanjiv Khanna heard the matter. The Advocate On-Record Alakh Alok appearing on behalf of the petitioner submitted that despite repeated request made to the Investigating Officer, the petitioner has not received the police report.
The court in its order dated Dec 4, 2021, had observed that the state government and the state police of Telangana have displayed an inconsiderate and apathetic attitude while handling the said case. The court had directed the Home Secretary, State of Telangana, to personally look into this aspect and issue appropriate directions to all concerned, as may be advised.
After which the Court was informed by the State Government on April 15, 2021, that the investigation is substantially over and the Investigating Officer is in the process of filing a police report before the appropriate court. Following which the Court had listed the matter for July 6, 2021, for compliance report.
Earlier, the petitioner Rajkumari Chouksey who is the mother of the deceased woman submitted that, “the suicide note of her daughter and her last telephonic conversation with her sister, categorically established that her own supervisor and office colleagues subjected her to an extreme level of sexual, physical and mental harassment and attempted to rape her, due to which she was forced to commit suicide.”
She had joined BHEL in 2009, at the young age of 23 Years and served BHEL till her last breath i.e. till October 17, 2019.
The Matter would now be heard after 3weeks