SC moved for CBI probe into BHEL woman officer's suicide

The Supreme Court on Monday sought response from the Telangana government and others on a plea seeking transferring the probe, from state police to the CBI, in the suicide of a woman officer of Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) after facing alleged sexual harassment at workplace.
A bench of Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and Sanjiv Khanna said: "Issue notice, returnable within three weeks. Liberty is granted to serve on the standing counsel for the state of Telangana." The plea was filed by the mother of the 33-year-old victim through advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava.
Srivastava argued that the victim was a bright, young and intelligent finance professional, who joined BHEL in July 2009 and served it till her last breath, October 17, 2019, with utmost dedication. "There was not even an iota of complaint against her work or against her mental behaviour during her long association with BHEL. However, she was sexually harassed, molested, stalked, mentally tortured and attempted to be raped by her own supervisor and by her own office colleagues at BHEL, Hyderabad, which forced her to ultimately commit suicide," the plea said.

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