Air India officer falsely charged for sexual harassment after exposing corruption
An honest Air India officer who stood up against corruption in the airline company was dragged into a false case of sexual harassment at work by his colleagues.
But the crime branch proved that 16 signatures in a complaint filed by 17 women staff against L S Sibu, officer, apron ground service department (Air India) at the Trivandrum International Airport, were forged.
The act was committed to seek revenge after Sibu filed complaints before the CBI and Central Vigilance Commission alleging corruption in the airline company. The complaint was fabricated by a group of employees who wanted him removed from the company.
According to the affidavit submitted by the crime branch, the complaint was filed at the Air India SATS Airport Services Private Limited (AISATS) association after Sibu had complained to the CBI and Central Vigilance Commission about the irregularities in awarding the ground handling contract to AISATS by Air India. The crime branch also stated that in spite of repeated requests AISATS was reluctant to provide the details of the female staff members whose names were mentioned in the complaint.
The crime branch said that 16 out of the 17 women, except Preethi, said that they hadn’t complained against Sibu and that the signatures were forged. They also unanimously stated that they weren’t members of AISATS and weren’t aware about its existence.
Reportedly, Preethi refused to disclose details regarding the matter when the crime branch questioned her. She even threatened to file a complaint if she was summoned once again for questioning.
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