Gwalior woman judge sexual harassment case: SC stays ongoing inquiry against Madhya Pradesh HC judge

The apex court accepted the plea of the former Additional District Judge of Gwalior, who has demanded a fresh probe into the case.

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Updated: August 29, 2014 11:27 am
The former judge had also pleaded the Supreme Court to order appropriate action against the High Court judge whom she blames for harassing her. The former judge had also pleaded the Supreme Court to order appropriate action against the High Court judge whom she blames for harassing her.

The Suprme Court on Friday agreed to consider a plea by a former additional district judge of Gwalior, demanding a fresh inquiry into allegations of sexual harassment levelled by her against a High Court judge.

A bench led by Justice J S Khehar admitted her petition and stayed the ongoing in-house inquiry by a panel set up by the Madhya Pradesh High Court Chief Justice.

The bench issued notices to the registrar generals of the Supreme Court and Madhya Pradesh High Court while also seeking to know why the work from the accused HC Judge should not be withdrawn till an appropriate probe was conducted.

In its interim order, the court stayed the August 8 order of the Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court, setting up an inquiry committee to probe her allegations.

In her petition, she has asked the Chief Justice of India to constitute a new committee comprising two Chief Justices from outside the Madhya Pradesh High Court, a High Court judge and a non-judicial member.

She urged the Chief Justice of India to comply with the house procedure adopted by a full court meeting of the Supreme Court on December 15, 1999, as per the Visakha guidelines on combating sexual harassment in the workplace.

The former judge had also pleaded the Supreme Court to order appropriate action against the High Court judge whom she blames for harassing her.

She has also sought her re-instatement with consequential benefits.

Earlier, in a letter to the Chief Justice of India, she had detailed the way in which she was harassed by the High Court judge, who was also the administrative in-charge of Gwalior.

She has alleged that she was posted to a remote area after declining his sexual advances.

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    Purna Varma
    Aug 29, 2014 at 12:13 pm
    Don't put the horse before the cart. A proper enquiry should take place. Mind you the victim is also a judge in this case. The accused shall be suspended until proven innocent. We want to see how judges are being fair to themselves. A lot transparency in the conduct of this enquiry is needed and journalist should do their part in bringing in a fair report to Indians without painting any political hue to the case.
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    Kavitha
    Aug 29, 2014 at 6:35 am
    Dear Editor what happened why are you silent now? Where is your thirst for truth? Why do not you ask the very girl that why she is afraid to register the case? She came in the virtual world -put allegation on a noted person -disappeared from the the virtual world. We understand the inquisitiveness of AJJTAK, TV18 etc to degrade the glory of a reputed judge whose steadfastness brought down the crony capitalism and theft of Indian treasures like 2G but did not understand the your over enthusiasm. Now please bring the truth out and save the honest people. As businessmen buying the media houses it is clear that in future so called honest journalism will be mouth piece for crony capitalism. Do some good also for society. Get call detail record, get other sources to bring the truth out....................
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