Sources said that Devendra Kumar Huda, Gazetted Officer, Group B of the Commissionerate, was posted at Indira Gandhi International Airport. He retired in the public interest under Rule 56 (j) relating to employment.
The government has fired a senior customs official at the Delhi airport for allegedly sexually harassing a foreign woman. Sources said that Devendra Kumar Huda, Gazetted Officer, Group B of the Commissionerate, was posted at Indira Gandhi International Airport. He retired in the public interest under Rule 56 (j) relating to employment. He is accused of sexually harassing a female passenger in Uzbekistan. The incident took place on the night of May 2-3, 2019 and the woman was later allowed to carry two bags of illicit substances (cigarettes).
Hooda did not respond to a request for comment. Sources in the revenue department said the matter was being investigated after Hooda was suspended. The Sexual Harassment (Prevention, Prohibition and Prevention) Act on Women in the Workplace under the Departmental Investigation Committee, the Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) and the Review Committee have conducted a detailed investigation and worked on allegations of abuse, sexual harassment and tarnishing the image of the department. The rules recommend compulsory retirement under FR 56 (j). Sources said the review committee concluded that such conduct and their continuity would damage the credibility of the public service.
Last Monday (December 21, 2020) he was ordered to retire compulsorily. Sources said the departmental investigation would continue despite the mandatory retirement order and criminal action would be taken if found guilty. If compulsory retirement is not a punitive measure under the Indian Constitution, the disciplinary authorities may take appropriate action if the allegations are proven. Sources said that on the night of 2019 and 2 May 2019, two female passengers from Uzbekistan came from Tashkent with HY421. A female passenger who reached the Green Channel for investigation was kept out of the CCTV surveillance zone and kept in custody for about an hour. He was later allowed to leave without seizing the banned substance.
The other female passenger was also detained for about half an hour and allowed to leave without seizing the prohibited substance. The two female passengers were kept in the presence of a female customs officer in the Huda Chamber, where they were accused of sexual harassment and harassment. A female passenger later identified Hooda in front of the ICC and accused him of “indecency and sexual harassment.” Sources said that based on the CCTV footage, the review committee has decided to give compulsory retirement to Hooda.
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