#MeToo hits corporate sector, Tata Motors executive sent on leave

NEW DELHI: After shaking the entertainment, media and sports sectors, the global #MeToo campaign hits the Indian corporate world.

One of the first major allegations is emerging from Tata Motors Ltd. According to reports, the auto manufacturing giant sent its Chief of Corporate Communication Suresh Rangarajan was on leave and set up an enquiry against him following allegations of harassment.

In a post on microblogging site Twitter, a user by the handle @TheRestlessQuill made the allegations public against the Tata executive, who has been working with the company since September 2016.

The Indian owner of Jaguar Land Rover said in a tweet: “In light of the enquiry by ICC, Suresh Rangarajan, has been asked to proceed on leave in order to allow for an objective enquiry to be completed as swiftly as possible.”

Tata Motors has always “striven to ensure a respectful and safe workplace for everyone,” the Mumbai-based company’s human resources department said in a Twitter post. “Any allegations are investigated and appropriate action is taken immediately.” The matter is being probed by an internal panel set up as per law, according to the post.

The Me Too movement in India began with actor Tanushree Dutta who accused Nana Patekar of sexually harassing her on the sets of Horn Ok Please. This was then followed by prominent personalities such as Vikas Bahl, Alok Nath, Sajid Khan, Rajat Kapoor, Subhash Ghai, Vikas Bahl.