DC | Bellie Thomas | August 05, 20

Bengaluru: It has shades of the Tarun Tejpal case. While the Tehelka founder editor is in the dock for allegedly raping a colleague in a lift, a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of a video-gaming firm in the city is alleged to have kissed a young female colleague in the lift of a restaurant as the two returned from lunch to their office recently.

Janardhan Guptha, 40, CEO of KLAP Edutainment Private Limited, H.S.R. Layout, has been charged with sexual harassment under IPC section 354-A  sexual and suppression of evidence after the 26 –year- old victim complained to the police.

She has alleged that the CEO had made several advances to her, but she had managed to dodge them until Wednesday (July 30) last week, when he kissed her forcefully while they were in a lift of the restaurant. The girl claims she reported the matter to the HR department of the company, but received no response.

“The company does not fall under our jurisdiction, but the restaurant does. Since the crime took place in the lift of the restaurant, we have registered a sexual harassment case against the CEO,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police, South East Division, Rohini Katoch Sepat, adding that the police was looking into  whether the girl had gone to lunch alone with the CEO or if it was a team lunch.

“We are also trying to establish why she took five days to file a complaint,” she added. Asked if she was threatened with losing her job by the staff or the CEO to stop her from complaining, the DCP said she had made no mention of it.

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