AIR soft on officer charged with gender bias, says CAT

The All India Radio (AIR) has been pulled up by the Central Administrative Tribunal for taking lenient action against an employee against whom charges of treating female employees unequally was proved.

Published: 02nd October 2013 09:13 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd October 2013 09:13 AM   |  A+A-

The All India Radio (AIR) has been pulled up by the Central Administrative Tribunal for taking lenient action against an employee against whom charges of treating female employees unequally was proved.

In this regard, the order of transfer of the official from Chennai to Karaikal has been set aside by the tribunal, stating it was not the suitable action in the instant case.

The matter pertains to one V Vijayakrishnan, a transmission executive at the AIR. In February, he was transferred from Chennai to Karaikal. The official had moved the tribunal against the transfer stating that it was done with malafide intentions as he contested an association election.

In its reply, the AIR said a number of complaints were received from women transmission executives against Vijayakrishnan alleging sexual harassment. This was followed by the formation of a five-member committee to probe the allegations.

The committee found him guilty of unequal treatment of women employees. The AIR said, based on the report, the official was transferred.

However, setting aside the transfer order, the bench said that the authorities should have taken “suitable action”  instead of transferring him from Chennai.

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