The ongoing row over alleged sexual harassment of a woman sub inspector by her male superior officer has taken a new turn after a police head constable accused the woman SI of hurling casteist abuses at him.

This comes two days after the woman SI filed a private compliant before the 3{+r}{+d}JMFC Court against Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) T.R. Jagannath of sexual harassment. Earlier an inquiry panel constituted by Police Commissioner Manish Kharbikar had given a clean chit to the ACP. Apart from Mr. Jagannath, the woman sub inspector has named head constable Mohan, who worked in the office of Mr. Jagannath, as co-accused in the private complaint. The 3{+r}{+d}JMFC Magistrate Undi Manjula Shivappa has directed a probe by the women police into the complaint.

However, on Tuesday, Mohan filed a complaint with the Mangalore South police accusing the woman SI of insulting him on the basis of his caste on May 21. He has also accused the woman SI of insulting him again on Monday at the Mangalore South police station at 10 a.m. The police have registered a case under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. Assistant Commissioner of Police Ravi Kumar has been asked to inquire into the complaint.

Women’s rights activist Vidya Dinker, who is rallying support for the woman SI, termed the latest complaint by Mr. Mohan as motivated. The head constable has accused the officer of perpetuating caste atrocities on May 21 — two days before she filed a complaint against the ACP before the Police Commissioner.

He has once again filed a complaint just a couple of days after she moved the court. “There are many loopholes in his complaint,” Ms. Dinker said.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner of Police (law and order) K.V. Jagadish said the two complaints were separate and will be inquired into independently. The complaint by Mr. Mohan will be inquired by Mr. Kumar while the woman officer’s complaint will be handled by a woman police inspector, he said.

Head Constable files complaint two days after she dragged him to court