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SC rejects PIL seeking information on anti-sexual harassment panel

The Supreme Court today rejected a PIL which wanted to know whether the apex court had appointed any committee to deal with "sexual harassment" of women advocates in the premises and complied with various guidelines framed under the RTI Act.

delhi Updated: Jan 18, 2010 23:12 IST

The Supreme Court today rejected a PIL which wanted to know whether the apex court had appointed any committee to deal with "sexual harassment" of women advocates in the premises and complied with various guidelines framed under the RTI Act.

A bench of Justices B Sudershan Reddy and Surinder Singh Nijjar directed the petitioner Gopal Sankarnarayanan, advocate appearing on behalf of NGO "Youth For Equality", to file an appropriate application before the Supreme Court registry for the information sought.

In his brief argument, Sankarnaryan argued the Supreme Court, in the Visakha case, had directed all public institutions to set up special committees to deal with sexual harassment of women employees at their work places.

He pointed out that since the Supreme Court itself was a public authority within the definition of the RTI Act, it was necessary for the apex court to constitute such a committee to deal with "sexual harassment" of women advocates at work place.

"It is unclear whether the Supreme Court has implemented the sexual harassment guidelines laid down in Vishaka v. State of Rajasthan, (1997) 6 SCC 241 and constituted a complaints committee as had been directed in that case," the petition submitted.