Following in the footsteps of Congress IT cell head Divya Spandana, another member of the team Chirag Patnaik has also deleted his Twitter account. The reason as to why he deleted his Twitter account are not known yet. Patnaik was arrested by the Delhi police a week ago on the charges of sexual harassment.
The former Congress IT cell member was accused by a former colleague of sexual harassment. The victim has stated in her complaint that Patnaik violated her personal space at work by coming too close to her on the pretext of checking tweets and that he exhaled into her breathing space whenever he encircled her from behind in an improper manner.
The victim had lodged an FIR against Patnaik on July 3, 2018. He was arrested by the Delhi police under sections 354 and 509 of the IPC but was later released on bail. The victim had alleged that Patnaik sexually harassed her and misbehaved with her repeatedly. In her complaint, she had mentioned that she made this known to Divya Spandana but she instead of taking up the issue rebuked her on the pretext of bad performance at work. She also accused Spandana of mentally harassing her later.
Instead of supporting the victim, Spandana had come out in defence of Patnaik and claimed that her team fully supported Patnaik. She had denied that the victim had made any complaint to her. The victim, who used to work as the social media manager in the Congress IT cell, had also raised questions over the inquiry of Spandana and said that she had not received any response from the AICC grievance redressal committee or Rahul Gandhi on her complaint. Spanadana was also named in the charge sheet filed by the police in the case.