BHOPAL: Ending the hide and seek from police, ex- joint director of National Institute of Fashion Designing ( NIFT), Bhopal, Basant Kothari himself surrendered at Chunna Bhatti police station on Friday afternoon.
Station House Officer, Chunna Bhatti, Hemant Shrivastava, said Kothari was arrested after he surrendered at Chunna Bhatti police station and was later released on the bail as a case was registered against him under sections 354 ( a) and 509 of the IPC which are bailable. Shrivastava said Kothari had applied for anticipatory bail from the district court from where he was said that he could surrender at police station and seek bail as the sections against him are bailable. The Central Textile Ministry has handed over the recommendations of State Women Commission regarding sexual harassment case against Kothari to institute vigilance unit and further action will be taken by vigilance department after studying all the points mentioned in recommendation. In the recommendation, it was also mentioned that strict action should also be taken against Director General of NIFT ( Delhi), Prem Kumar Gera. The issue of sexual harassment in the institute surfaced as the girl students and two lecturers of NIFT institute Bhopal had filed a complaint against Kothari few days ago alleging his involvement in obscene acts, watching porn clips in the classroom, staring at private parts of girl students and passing vulgar comments.
Since Joint Director was facing sexual harassment charges, the senior officials were not taking action after which a complaint with the Chhuna Bhatti police was made after intervention of SWC and a case under section 354 ( a) and 509 of the IPC was registered. Later, Kothari was transferred to Jodhopur NIFT branch by NIFT administration without taking any action against him. Subsequently the police team was dispatched to nab the accused Kothari but the police team returned empty handed.