The former Additional District and Sessions Judge in Gwalior, who has filed a sexual harassment complaint against Madhya Pradesh High Court Judge S K Gangele, has claimed that three other judges also abetted the alleged harassment by interfering with her day-to-day sitting in the court.
In her eight-page complaint, which has been sent to Chief Justice of India R M Lodha and some other Supreme Court judges, the alleged victim has claimed that her harassment increased after the two judges were transferred to Gwalior District Court in April 2014, and Gangele used them to torment her. The third judge in question was a district registrar.
The complainant has alleged that “on the instructions” of Gangele, these two judges started inspecting her courts “with an unusual frequency — regularly, hourly, and at times within a span of minutes after starting of the court, even before two minutes of lunch time, one minute after lunch time, five minutes before rising of the court.”
The woman has claimed that the judges could not find any fault with her and in fact, she extended her court timings to clear the backlog. She has alleged that these judges’ intentions became clear when she met one of them with a request for a full-time bungalow office peon. She claimed that the judge told her he could not help her, and she should see Gangele if she wanted anything.
“Thus, it became apparent that the reason for all this unnecessary harassment being inflicted by my own senior on me was to somehow break my resolve, and make me succumb,” said the woman, adding that she still continued to do her work with sincerity and decided not to cave in to Gangele’s “evil demand”.
Meanwhile, speaking to The Indian Express in Bhopal, Gangele said he was ready to face any probe. “I am even ready to face death penalty if any allegations against me are proved. During my whole tenure, I have never contacted any subordinate women officers. It can be verified from any source,’’ he said.
In her complaint, the alleged victim has claimed that she and her husband met a sitting judge of the HC’s Jabalpur bench, who assured them that he would speak to Gangele.
The complainant, who resigned on July 15 after she was transferred to Sidhi, blamed her transfer on these three judges, claiming that they made a “frivolous, baseless and malicious” reporting to the Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court.
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