Former woman judge who accused of sexual harassment not be given a job again: MP High Court
Former woman judge accused the Madhya Pradesh High Court of sexual harassment, allegations in the investigation were found to be wrong
- Supreme Court asks state government to file reply within two weeks
- The woman judge had resigned while accusing her of sexual abuse in 2014.
- Now demanding restoration of job by filing petition
The committee investigating the matter has admitted that the High Court Judge did not bother her . The committee made unnecessary comments on the possible reasons for his resignation. Resignation can not be withdrawn once approved. The High Court or anyone else can not be held guilty for his resignation. The Supreme Court has asked the state government to file its response within two weeks.
In fact, the former lady judge has filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking her job back. He relied on the inquiry panel report that the circumstances forced him to resign.
Earlier, in October 2018, the Supreme Court issued a notice to the Registrar General of Madhya Pradesh High Court on a petition filed by women district judge on charges of sexually assaulting her. The judge had resigned from the post in the year 2014 by accusing Madhya Pradesh High Court Judge of sexual assault. The woman judge has now filed a petition seeking restoration of the job. A bench of Justice AK Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan asked the Registrar General to respond in six weeks.
The petition has been referred to the report of the inquiry committee constituted by the Rajya Sabha. In the year 2015, a proposal was made to prosecute the judge, after which the Rajya Sabha had constituted a committee to investigate the charges against the judge. The committee included Supreme Court judge R Bhanumati, former judge Manjula Chilloor and senior advocate KK Venugopal. In December last year, the committee submitted the report to the Rajya Sabha.
The committee had said in its report that the charges against the High Court judge could not be proved. However, in the report, the transfer of the woman judge between the academy session was incorrectly stated. It was said in the report that as the daughter of the woman judge had to take the 12th examination, it was not possible for her to go to another place. Probably in such a way, the lady judge had no choice but to resign.