A senior official with the Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode (IIM-K) has resigned following complaints of verbal sexual harassment against him by three women staffers.
Head of Media Relations at IIM-K M.G. Sreekumar told The Hindu on Sunday that A.K. Shantharaman, Financial Advisor and Chief Accounts Officer, resigned ‘three days ago’ after an internal inquiry was instituted into the allegations.
Dr. Sreekumar said the institute had received a formal complaint from the alleged victims ‘a few weeks ago.’
The victims had accused the official of passing comments with sexual overtones at the workplace. This, they alleged, amounted to sexual harassment.
Mr. Shantharaman, according to Dr. Sreekumar, had been put on suspension immediately after the reception of the complaints.
A preliminary inquiry by the panel had also found ‘some truth’ in the complaints filed by the women staffers, Dr. Sreekumar said.
He said Mr. Shantharaman had decided to step down in the light of the ongoing probe into the allegations by an internal panel. A statement issued by the institute on Saturday said the IIM-K authorities had ‘followed due procedures’ and accepted his resignation letter.