BJD Says 'No Relationship' With Senior Leader Pramod Kumar Sahu Arrested in Sexual Harrasment Case
Bhubaneswar: The ruling BJD on Monday said it has "no relationship" with former party state general secretary Pramod Kumar Sahu, who was arrested for allegedly sexually harassing a female colleague.
The BJD, in a statement, said Sahu, who is also the president of Kendrapara Credit Co-Operative Society, had resigned from the party.
"The president of Kendrapara Credit Co-operative Society Pramod Kumar Sahu had resigned from the Biju Janata Dal a long time back. He does not have any relationship with the BJD," the statement said.
Meanwhile, the Registrar of Cooperative Societies, Odisha also debarred Sahu from attending office and discharging his duties.
"He has been served a show-cause notice to explain why he should not be removed from the post following such allegations," a senior officer of the Registrar of Cooperative Societies said.
A police team, led by Additional Superintendent of Police B Gagarin Mohanty, picked up Sahu from his residence in Baniamal area of Kendrapara district on Sunday night. He was subjected to hours of interrogation before his arrest, police said.
"Sahu was arrested on Monday morning under various sections of the IPC, including section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 506 (criminal intimidation)," Mohanty told reporters.
He was then produced before the Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate Court, which remanded him in judicial custody for 14 days.
In her complaint, the woman alleged that Sahu had sexually harassed her on several occasions at their place of work. She also said that the police had initially ignored her written complaint, submitted in April, and refused to register a case against the BJD leader.
The complainant, who has resigned from her service, then approached the court, which directed the police to register a case in the matter.
"Sahu threatened me with dire consequences when I refused his advances. I have provided my call record detailsto the police and the media as evidence... I have full faith on the judiciary," she said.