Indore: While granting bail to three women accused in honey trap case, Indore bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court on Tuesday said that the then superintendent engineer of Indore Municipal Corporation and complainant Harbhajan Singh has brazenly misused the privileges of his post and has allowed himself to be the soft target of unscrupulous persons.
“He chatted salaciously with the applicants, allowed himself the luxury of their intimate company and when things began going out of his control, he started crying wolf,” Justice Subodh Abhyankar.
The judge added, “There is no doubt that the applicants have committed an immoral, unethical and demeaning act, unbecoming of the dignity of women but they cannot be solely held responsible for their act as the complainant is also responsible for his act in the same manner, or probably more than the applicants, for what has transpired between them.
“In the considered opinion of this court, virtues of a high office are, higher standard of integrity, morality and upright character and these qualities have to be maintained throughout one's carrier and life, and if you forsake these virtues and allow yourself to be exploited, you are the only one to be blamed for.”
On a query raised by the court , whether any action has been taken by the government against the complainant Harbhajan Singh, the government lawyer replied that he has been suspended, transferred from Indore and a departmental enquiry has also been initiated against him.