GJMM charges tourism asst director of sexual impropriety

Statesman News Service DARJEELING, May 9: The Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha (GJMM) has levelled charges of sexual impropriety against Mr Amar Singh, assistant director, Tourism Department of the DGHC. Allegedly Mr Singh asked for sexual favours from a woman of Gorubathan in exchange of her appointment in the tourism department. “We have substantial evidence against Mr Singh to corroborate our allegation,” said Mr Binay Tamang, Press and publicity chief of the GJMM. The incident came to light when the woman came forward and lodged a complaint with the GJMM. According to Mr Tamang, the woman claimed that Mr Singh had asked her over the phone to stay with him at a hotel in Siliguri, in return for which he would give her the appointment letter. The recorded telephone conversation between Mr Singh and the woman forms the basis of the complaint. “The telephone conversation proves the immoral intentions of Mr Singh,” Mr Tamang said. He added that the incident had brought to the fore similar cases of sexual advances made by accused. Mr Singh has been given a deadline till 12 May to vacate the post by the GJMM. The party has also sent a letter requesting DGHC caretaker Mr BL Meena to take stern action against him. “Several charges have been levelled against Mr Singh. He was on a deputation but has been sent back to the state department of tourism. He is not attending office already,” Mr Meena confirmed. However, Mr Singh refused to comment on the issue stating that he could give no statement without the permission of the principal secretary of the department. “On account of being a government official I cannot say anything now,” he said.

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