Have filed criminal defamation against corporator, says Srinagar Mayor

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Srinagar: Mayor of Srinagar Municipal corporation Junaid Azim Mattu has said that he has  filed a defamation suit against corporator who accused him of sexual harassment.

“The legal notice will soon be sent to her as I have filed criminal defamation against them,” He said. Adding that it is a grave accusation.

Mattu said that as long as the corporator is not dismissed he will suspend his work along with his corporators.

He also said that he is a feminist

On Monday a female corporator of the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) accused its Mayor Junaid Mattu of sexual harassment, a charge he denied.

The corporator from the Congress accused Mattu of “assault” and lodged a police complaint against him and his personal assistant.

“The Mayor has continuously been asking me to come along with him for enjoyment. He has harassed me a number of times and not just once. I had submitted an estimate of Rs 25 lakh for development works, but he did not approve it and asked me to accompany him to some place for enjoyment. This is sexual harassment,” the corporator from one of the municipal wards of the city  had told reporters here.

She accused the mayor and his assistant of manhandling and abusing her in the presence of other corporators.

Mattu last evening clarified that accusations levelled against him by a female Corporter were “concocted and baseless” which are aimed at to malign his image.

Mattu had said that the said Corporator who had accused him of sexual harassment was  of his  mother’s age and has children as old as him. Here is the sequence of facts.

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