SC rebukes Telangana govt in BHEL woman officer suicide case
The Supreme Court has come down heavily on the Telangana government for their insensitive approach towards a petition filed by the mother of a woman finance officer who allegedly ended her life due to repeated sexual harassment at her workplace at BHEL’s Hyderabad office to avoid embarrassment.
“The Home Secretary of Telangana shall personally look into this aspect and issue appropriate directions to all concerned as may be advised,” a two-judge bench of the Apex Court, headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar and also comprising Justice S Ravindra Bhat said in their order on Friday.
“We deprecate the request made by the counsel for the state of Telangana for an adjustment in this case, and that too for a period of four weeks,” the bench of the top court said, and posted the matter for further hearing in the week commencing from December 14.
The top court also said, “To avoid embarrassment to the state, (Telangana), we refrain from recording the reasons mentioned seeking adjournment in the case. The reason stated indicated the insensitivity with which the investigation is progressing in this case. We say no more for the time being.”
The Apex Court was hearing a petition filed by the mother of the sexually harassed victim, who committed suicide later, seeking a CBI investigation in the case.