Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Sexual harassment case: Delhi High Court asks Air India panel to ensure witness confidentiality

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Tuesday directed Air India to ensure its panel, looking into the sexual harassment allegations by an air hostess against one of its senior officials, ensures confidentiality of the names of the witnesses who would depose in support of the complainant.

Justice Vibhu Bakhru asked the Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) constituted by the airline to ensure the witnesses are provided a secure environment to depose in and that they are cross-examined through interrogatories -- questions and answers -- instead of face-to-face.

The direction was issued after the air hostess moved a plea challenging the ICC's July 20 decision rejecting her request that a local commissioner be appointed to examine the witnesses.

In her plea, filed through advocate Sanjoy Ghose, she has said most of the witnesses, who are women, are apprehensive about disclosure of their names as they work in the same organisation and are married.
05/09/18 PTI/New Indian Express