Genpact India assistant vice president commits suicide over sexual harassment charge in Noida

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 20 December 2018, 03:57 PM
The body of 35-year-old Swaroop Raj was found hanging from the ceiling fan at their apartment in the Paramount Floraville society by his wife around 11.30 pm when she returned from work. (NN Photo)
The body of 35-year-old Swaroop Raj was found hanging from the ceiling fan at their apartment in the Paramount Floraville society by his wife around 11.30 pm when she returned from work. (NN Photo)

An assistant vice president working for Genpact India committed suicide at his residence in a highrise apartment in Sector 137 of Noida on Tuesday, the police said. The senior executive allegedly killed himself after being suspended from his job over sexual harassment allegations. In the purported suicide note addressed to his wife, he said that all the allegations were untrue. The body of 35-year-old Swaroop Raj was found hanging from the ceiling fan at their apartment in the Paramount Floraville society by his wife around 11.30 pm when she returned from work. In the suicide note, he explained what made him take the extreme step.

Swaroop Raj belonged to Gurugram and lived in the Noida society with his wife. They had been married for two years. Two female employees from Genpact had accused him of sexual harassment on December 12 and the company had suspended him on December 18 till the investigations in the case were complete. In his purported suicide note, he denied the allegations and said that even he was proven innocent, his reputation had been tarnished for life and he wouldn't be able to return to the office. He also wrote that he loved his wife dearly and that she should be strong and live with respect. Watch Video

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The police were informed about the incident by Swaroop's wife. "The company in his suspension letter said he would be barred from participating in any official work until the investigation against him was completed. In his note, the man denied all allegations and wrote that even if he is proven innocent, his reputation has been tarnished," said Munish Chauhan, station house officer, Surajpur police station.

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According to his LinkedIn profile, he had joined Genpact in 2007 as a process developer and made his way up the corporate ladder – he was promoted to the position of the assistant vice president recently.

According to police, allegations against the man were being investigated by an internal complaints committee, and he had been suspended for the duration. They are investigating everything from the suspension letter to the suicide note. The body of the deceased has been sent for a post-mortem examination A spokesperson for Genpact confirmed that executive was on suspension. "It is with deep sorrow that we confirm the news of an employee's untimely death. Our heart goes out to his family at this tragic time. We had received a complaint against him and had put him on temporary suspension pending the outcome of the investigation," a spokesperson said. The police said that they have not received any complaint from the victim's family.

"We are in receipt of an alleged complaint of sexual harassment against you from two female employees. You are hereby suspended pending investigation while the Company investigates the said matter. During the said period you will not be required to report for duty and not expected to work from home. However, you cannot join any other employment all other terms of employment shall continue to strictly apply to you," a suspension letter dated December 18, 2018 issued to Swaroop Raj read.

Here's the full suspension letter that was handed over to Swaroop Raj by Genpact:

First Published: Thursday, December 20, 2018 08:55 AM
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