Gwalior judge quits over alleged sexual harassment by HC judge
The State Bar Council of Madhya Pradesh (SBCMP) on Monday demanded that the charges of sexual harassment levelled by an additional judge in Gwalior against a MP high court judge be thoroughly probed by the Chief Justice of India.
According to reports, the administrative judge had asked the additional judge to "perform dance on an item song" at a function at his home and influenced her transfer to a remote location despite her requests.
She wrote to the President, the Chief Justice of India and the Union law minister complaining about the harassment, reports said.
Talking to the Hindustan Times SBCMP chairman Rameshwar Neekhra said, "This is a very serious matter. Whether the charges hold any truth or not should be decided after an inquiry. There should be no room for any aspersion on the integrity of judiciary. Hence, a thorough probe is badly required."
"We call the judges 'My Lord'. Meaning of the words means we hold them in high esteem and similar to a god. As per our belief God doesn't do any wrong. Hence, for the sake of maintaining the integrity of the judiciary the probe is required,” said Neekhra.
He also said that all aspects of the case like why the woman judge levelled the allegations only after she was transferred or why she did not lodge the complaint to the CJI earlier should be probed.
"If the administrative judge is found guilty he should be punished and if the woman judge is found guilty of levelling false allegations against the administrative judge she should be punished too."
She resigned on July 15 and wrote to the CJI and others on August 1.
The judge in her complaints alleged the administrative judge told her "he missed the opportunity of viewing a sexy and beautiful figure dancing on the floor and that he is desperate to see the same" a day after his "request".
Reports said she also alleged that when she spurned the judge's "various advances and malicious aspirations", he targeted her professionally.
"The administrative judge, along with district judge and district judge (inspection), possibly made a false, frivolous, baseless and malicious reporting to the chief justice of MP and got me transferred on July 8, in the mid-academic session of my daughters to a remote place Sidhi by overruling the transfer policy of MP HC," she wrote in her complaint.
She said her appeal for an eight-month extension so that her daughter, who is in Class 12, could finish her academic year was rejected.
She has alleged that the judge mocked her and threatened to "spoil my career completely and make sure that I face ruinous prospects all my life", when she pleaded against the transfer.
She also claimed the HC chief justice declined to meet her when she wanted to apprise him of the situation.