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Edelweiss Group has denied allegations of sexual harassment of a 37-year-old female employee by a senior executive in Mumbai. Dramatization of an incident done as part of a university photo project (Representational image).Wikipedia

A senior Edelweiss Group executive has been booked by the Mumbai police on charges of sexually harassing a woman colleague for over three years. The financial services conglomerate has denied the allegations made by the 37-year-old manager.

The company refuted the allegations of the woman, saying she became "vindictive" after failing to become eligible for leadership programme, reported the Mumbai Mirror

The Mumbai police have, however, registered a case against the 60-year-old executive under the provisions of the Indian Penal Code and the Immoral Traffic Prevention Act last week. The woman alleged in her complaint that discussions with the executive had a tinge of "sexual innuendos".

Last January, things turned for the worse when the woman and other colleagues had gone to Daman for an official assignment, the executive entered her room, sought sexual favours in turn for her rise in the company and made inappropriate videos of her, she alleged in her complaint, the daily quoted her lawyer as saying.  

A chartered accountant and lawyer by profession, the woman joined Edelweiss Group three years back after she was interviewed by the executive accused of sexually harassing her.

On the other hand, the company accused the woman employee of "transferring sensitive data without authorisation."

Edelweiss Group is the principal sponsor of the Indian team for the 2016 Rio Olympics. "Edelweiss Tokio Life Insurance offers a Life Insurance cover of Rs One Crore for each athlete representing India at the Rio Olympics 2016," according to an update on the Indian Olympic Association website.

The matter has come to light even as a probe is going on in the alleged sexual harassment of a woman employee by Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, the former chief of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).

The case came to light in February last year when a complaint lodged by a woman research analyst led to the registering of a case of sexual harassment and criminal intimidation by the Delhi police.

Pachauri recently got the Delhi High Court's permission to travel to the U.S. and Mexico to attend conferences.