The Himachal Pradesh High Court has suspended a Chief Judicial Magistrate on charges of sexual harassment of a colleague of same rank.
A senior official of the High Court on Thursday confirmed that an inquiry has been instituted in this regard by Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir, who has a taken strong exception to the alleged conduct of the accused judge, terming it as an embarrassment for the entire judicial fraternity.
The woman judge is learnt to have alleged that she was sexually harassed ahead of a three-day national conference on drug abuse held in Manali from June 11 to 13. The conference was attended by Supreme Court judges and HC judges from different states. Sources said the alleged incident happened on June 8.
The woman judge, who was part of an official team that was looking into the arrangements for the conference in Manali, has reportedly alleged she was asked by the accused judge to accompany him to a resort in Manali. She also alleged that the colleague harassed and teased her.
The woman judge is learnt to have submitted a written complaint in this regard. The accused judge, who is posted in Kullu, has reportedly filed a counter-complaint against the woman judge.