Is THiNK Rapist Tejpal going in the line of iGate CEO Phaneesh Murthy and Bill Clinton?
The Tarun Tejpal episode has brought back a raft of unpleasant memories for female journalists, it’s impossible to forget for many female journalists the violation of personal dignity and the feel of unwanted hands. Media is full of such sordid episodes. The bigger the organization, the greater the clout of such individuals and the brazenness with which they operate is shocking.
Tejpal moves court, seeks anticipatory bail
Faced with imminent arrest for the alleged sexual assault of a junior colleague in Goa, Tehelka co-founder Tarun Tejpal on Monday moved the Delhi High Court seeking anticipatory bail in order to enable him to approach the appropriate court for remedy in accordance with law.
His plea was mentioned by senior advocate Geeta Luthra and advocate Pramod Dubey before Justice GS Sistani. The plea is likely to come up for hearing before Justice Sunita Gupta on Tuesday.
In his petition, filed through law firm Karanjawala and Co., Tejpal contended that the police could not start a probe without a formal complaint from the young woman in question. He alleged that the registration of an FIR and the pursuant investigation by the Goa police was a result of the BJP’s political vendetta to satisfy a “long standing grudge” against him for the investigative journalism done by Tehelka against the BJP. Goa is ruled by the BJP.
In 2001, Tejpal was behind a sting operation on leaders of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre that exposed corruption in defence deals. It resulted in the resignations of the then BJP president Bangaru Laxman and Defence Minister George Fernandes.
The 50-year-old journalist claimed that the FIR in which he has been booked for rape was registered in “pursuance of a well-planned criminal conspiracy to falsely prosecute” him.
The investigation “is being used as an opportunity to satisfy the long standing grudge of the political executive against the crusade, work and ideological stand of the present petitioner,” the petition said.
iGate CEO Phaneesh Murthy did sexual harassment in 2002
In 2002, a sexual harassment case was filed against Murthy by his executive assistant Reka Maximovitch. He was dragged to the courts and stood accused of suppressing facts and misrepresenting them to the Infosys board of directors.
Murthy pleaded that he was innocent, a stand that he still maintains. The sales honcho, however, did not fight the case in court but agreed to a $3 million payout to Maximovitch. Murthy says he had his reasons for doing so. “Infosys wanted to settle the matter out of court. So the insurance agency said they wouldn’t finance me alone to fight the case,” he says. And since fighting court cases was an expensive affair in the US — and Murthy says he didn’t have that kind of money — he opted for an Infosys-funded out-of-court settlement
The same type sin of sexual harassment reported in May 2013
Media reported on May 21, 2013: iGate Global Solutions has sacked its CEO Phaneesh Murthy over sexual harassment charges. This is the second time the IT industry veteran has been involved in a sex scandal.
“The board’s decision was made as a result of an investigation by outside legal counsel, engaged by the board, of the facts and circumstances surrounding a relationship Mr Murthy had with a subordinate employee and a claim of sexual harassment,” the statement said.
As Phaneesh Murthy pleaded in 2002, now again in a conference call with reporters, Phaneesh Murthy denied sexual harassment charges and said he would contest it in court if the employee files a lawsuit. Phaneesh Murthy also maintained that he had informed the company about his personal relationship with the subordinate employee, but the issue arose because of ‘timing.’
Sacked iGate CEO and President Phaneesh Murthy has denied the charges of sexual harassment against him and claimed that it was a case of extortion. In an audio conference he said that the all the charges against him were “completely false” and he had not violated any company policy.
Recall the romances of Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky, Jack Welch and Suzy Wetlauferl.
The Monica Lewinsky scandal was a political sex scandal emerging in 1998, from a sexual relationship between United States President Bill Clinton and a 22-year-old White House intern, Monica Lewinsky. The news of this extra-marital affair and the resulting investigation eventually led to the impeachment of President Clinton in 1998 by the U.S. House of Representatives and his subsequent acquittal on all impeachment charges of perjury and obstruction of justice in a 21-day Senate trial.