The Panchkula woman who had leveled allegations of sexual harassment against senior Haryana bureaucrat SN Roy, withdrew her petition from Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday.
In the petition, she had sought transfer of the case from the present judge at a Chandigarh court to some other, alleging that his conduct was not “fair and impartial” and also accused him of asking “unnecessary questions”.
The HC bench of justice Jitendra Chauhan disposed of the matter as “dismissed as withdrawn”, following which the woman’s counsel told the HC bench during a resumed hearing on Tuesday that the high HC had ordered the lower court to defer the hearing beyond the date fixed by the HC. “It is prolonging the proceedings there. So, the petitioner should be allowed to withdraw the petition,” the petitioner stated.
The petitioner woman had approached the HC in August, seeking transfer of the case from the present judge. In the course of proceedings in the case, the HC had summoned Roy and his driver Takdeer Singh and had also held “in-camera” proceedings. As of the lower court, the case is being heard at a Chandigarh court.
In a complaint, initially to the Panchkula police, the woman in February 2015 had accused Roy of sexual harassment. The woman had alleged that Roy, whom she knew since 2008, had been sexually exploiting her for over three years while falsely claiming that he was divorced. Recent reports have claimed that an SIT formed by Chandigarh police have concluded that “no cognizable offence” could be made out against Roy in this case.