Health minister’s PA booked for misbehaving with medical officer

Health minister's PA booked for misbehaving with medical officer
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The Marine Drive police, on Tuesday, registered an FIR against the Personal Assistant (PA) of State Health Minister Deepak Sawant for sexual harassment.

The victim, a medical officer from Jalgaon, claimed to have fully digitised a primary health centre (PHC), with respect to equipment and data, at Patonda village. She had presented the project to Sawant in March in a bid to replicate the model across 1,800 PHC’s.

The victim has claimed that after the presentation, the minister’s PA, Sunil Mali, kept her in his office for over two hours. During the time, he spoke to her inappropriately and asked her personal questions.

Mali also tried to convince the medical officer that everyone needed a ‘godfather’ in the government to get their projects implemented and assured her that he could help on that front.

Following the incident, the victim complainted to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who ordered an inquiry in the matter.

Marine Drive police has recorded the victim’s statement and registered an FIR under 354 (A) and 506 of the IPC against Mali. Further investigation is currently underway.

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