The Gwalior judge who resigned alleging sexual harassment by a Madhya Pradesh High Court judge today brought her case before the Supreme Court, raising questions over the judicial panel to look into her complaint. The former Additional District and Sessions judge sought setting up a committee comprising two Chief Justices and one judge of High Courts to probe her allegations against the HC judge.
The judge, who had put in his paper after alleged incidents, also pleaded the court that her resignation is a “constructive termination” and she be reinstated will all consequential benefits.
The matter was mentioned before Chief Justice R M Lodha who said it has already been assigned to another bench headed by Justice J S Khehar and she should approach that bench.
CJI said that Justice Khehar was not available today and tomorrow and her plea will be heard on Thursday.
In her petition, she said the HC order of August 8 constituting a judicial panel should be quashed as she felt it will not do justice to her. “Chief Justice of India in his administrative capacity constitute a committee comprising two Chief Justices from outside the High Court of Madhya Pradesh and another High Court judge and also an external non-judicial member to enquire into her complaint,” the petition said.
She had earlier also raised objections to the inclusion of a High Court judge in the committee set up to go into her complaint.She had said the judge, who had harassed her sexually, was still discharging judicial and administrative functions over the staff who were working with her and have witnessed her victimisation. The Gwalior judge had also objected to the summons being sent to her husband and daughter to be present at the enquiry.