Bhubaneswar: Eminent Odia columnist Haraprasad Das on Saturday filed defamation suit against eight persons including a woman lecturer over sexual harassment allegation levelled against him.
The noted writer has filed the civil defamation suit with senior civil judge and a criminal defamation case with Sub-Divisional Judicial Magistrate (SDJM) here this evening.
Sources said, Das has filed cases against Jayasish Ray, Manu Das, Asit Mohanty, Amiya Pandav, Pallishree Pattnaik, Srikulangar, Bimalendu Mohanty and Umakant Rout for levelling false allegations against him.
The multiple award-winning writer has named ‘Sambad Kalika’ an Odia daily, and its editor and publisher in his defamation suit.
Notably, news about Das sexually harassing a Kalahandi-based woman teacher-writer on the pretext of helping her winning awards was first published in Sambad Kalika.
Following this, Sanskruti ‘O’ Sanskruti, a cultural outfit, had knocked the doors of State Commission for Women (SCW) demanding stern action against the accused.
In his reaction, Das had refuted allegations of harassment through Facebook chat brought by a teacher, saying he never had any Facebook profile and this must be a hacker’s job.