The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed the prosecution of Chief of the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), Som Mittal, for not providing adequate security to a female employee who was raped and murdered in 2005.
“If you are the head of a company, you are responsible for the safety of your employees,” the apex court said.
Pratibha Srikant Murthy, an employee of Hewlett-Packard (HP) GlobalSoft's BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) unit was raped and murdered in Bangalore by a cab driver who was dropping her home after work.
Mittal was the Managing Director of Hewlett-Packard GlobalSoft Pvt Ltd at that time.
However, Hewlett-Packard said in a statement: “In the matter concerning the order passed by the Hon'ble Supreme Court in response to a petition filed by Som Mittal, HP India would like to clarify that the Hon'ble Court has not pronounced either Mittal or HP guilty on any count. It has only directed Mittal to urge all the contentions as available under law, including maintainability of the complaint, before the trial court. However, since the matter is sub-judice, HP would not like to comment on any specifics related to the case at this point,” it added.
NASSCOM, which is a body representing Indian IT companies and BPO firms, refused to comment.