Motiwal Oswal Financial Services Ltd (MOFSL) is in the news after the Dadar police in Mumbai has registered an FIR against its eight senior executives.
The FIR has been filed by a 37-year-old female co-worker on charges of allegedly outraging her modesty.
The senior executives named in the FIR are:
- Chief HR Officer and Board Member Sudhir Dhar
- Associate Director Gaurav Manihar
- Assistant Manager Operations Rohit Singh
- Senior Manager Ankit Jobanputra
- Senior Group Vice President Vijay Agarwal
- Senior Manager (Legal) Rohan Adawale
- Customer Advisors Prince Sharma
- Suraj Pawar
The company has informed media, that they will be approaching court to quash the FIR. Voice For Men India is making these names public, not to shame these men, but if they have been falsely dragged into this case, we urge them to connect with us and speak up.
The 37-year-old complainant was working as an Assistant Vice-President, Digital Marketing, at MOFSL Prabhadevi headquarters The woman had allegedly sent some messages to her male colleague. According to her, she was placed under suspension by the organisation since May 6, on allegations of making “her male colleague sexually uncomfortable”.
Following her suspension, she filed an FIR under Section 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of Indian Penal Code at Dadar police station on Wednesday.
Speaking with Mid-Day, the female complainant said,
After suspension, MOFSL did not contact me or asked to assist with their so-called internal investigation. Because my suspension is illegal, I was forced to approach the police and the media.
Adding further, she said,
After learning that I have taken the legal route to deal with their high-handedness, the company extended my suspension further. People in the HR department, who didn’t even speak or sent letters to me on the matter, are pushing for my resignation.
MOFSL Allegedly Approached Member of Parliament
The female complaint alleged that her organisation reached out to one Member of Parliament (MP) to negotiate with her on the desired terms. She said she had call logs to support her statement. She claimed that Motilal Oswal, founder, chairman and managing director of MOFSL, himself made the call to this MP.
Adding further, Mid-Day quoted her saying,
All these men, against whom an FIR has been registered, still remain on the payroll of the company. But I’m still on forced unlawful extended suspension, even though the so-called made-up complaints have not been proven.
People who sat with me and shared with me their sex life, bedroom talks, celibacy, etc., filed a complaint against me, claiming sexual discomfort.
MOFSL Calls Claims Baseless
The company, in a statement to Mid-Day, denied the complainant’s “baseless” allegations. The statement read:
We are filing a quashing application with the competent court. Her behaviour at our organisation had been toxic and she was making her co-workers very uncomfortable. She is on suspension based on the complaints received from various employees working with her and this was communicated to her by email.
The suspension notice does not mention any sexual misconduct allegation levelled against the employee, which she is claiming.
Stating that an independent committee was probing the matter, the company claimed that she was told to attend the first meeting but she did not join. The statement continued,
The committee has sent the updates and statements to her for her response, which is still awaited.
We have also learnt that she has done similar activities in the past. You may check her background independently with the suburban police station. The matter is sub-judice and a further decision will be taken based on the independent investigation committee’s decision, which is yet to come.
A senior officer from Dadar police station said,
Our investigation [related to the FIR] is underway. No arrest has been made yet.
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Dadar Police Books 8 Senior Executives Of #MotiwalOswal After Suspended Female Employee Files FIR For Outraging Her Modesty
▪️Female employee was suspended for allegedly "making her male colleague sexually uncomfortable"
▪️After suspension, she filed FIRhttps://t.co/YBqVgGc8HI
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