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Ex-DGP convicted for sexually  harassing IPS officer

Ex-DGP convicted for sexually harassing IPS officer

Former special DGP Rajesh Das was convicted on Friday in a sexual harassment case filed by a woman IPS officer and sentenced three years of imprisonment along with a fine of Rs 20,500. 
The verdict was delivered by Villupuram Chief Judicial Magistrate M Pushparani.
The court also convicted former Chengalpattu SP S Kannan on charges of wrongful restraint and imposed a fine of Rs 500. 
He was acquitted of other charges.
 

A woman officer filed a case against Das alleging that she was sexually harassed by Das when they were on protocol duty providing security to the then Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami during his election campaign. 
 

The officer alleged that Das harassed her in his vehicle. 
She also alleged that the then SP Kannan had prevented her from lodging a complaint against Das. 
Both the officers were immediately placed under suspension and CB-CID booked them under five sections.
After hearing the case for almost two years and after cross-examining 68 witnesses including top cops, the court delivered its verdict on Friday. 
 

Das was sentenced to three years of imprisonment along with a find of 
Rs 10,000 under section 354 A (ii) (assaulting a woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of IPC and three years of imprisonment and a fine of Rs 10,000 under section 4 of the Tamil Nadu prohibition of harassment of women act. 
 

The jail terms would run concurrently. 
The court accepted his bail petition and let him out on bail.