Former district judge moves SC for reinstatement after resigning over sexual harassment allegations against MP judge

The move comes after a panel constituted by the Rajya Sabha dismissed the allegation of sexual harassment.

Published: 24th July 2018 11:13 PM  |   Last Updated: 24th July 2018 11:13 PM   |  A+A-

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By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: A former district judge who had resigned after alleging sexual harassment by a judge of the Madhya Pradesh High Court has moved the Supreme Court seeking reinstatement.

The move comes after a panel constituted by the Rajya Sabha dismissed the allegation of sexual harassment.

The former judicial officer had alleged that Justice SK Gangele, then her supervisor judge, sent her a message through the district court registrar to perform a dance on an item song at a function at his residence. Subsequently, she was transferred from Gwalior to Sidhi, prompting her to resign as an additional district and sessions judge on 15 July, 2014.

In her petition, the judicial officer has asked the court to treat her resignation as constructive termination since she resigned in duress.

According to the plea, the lady judge could still have over three years in active service, if reinstated.

The complainant had moved the apex court earlier as well, seeking its intervention after she found the Madhya Pradesh High Court’s in-house probe unsatisfactory. The bench had stayed the high court probe and set up its own inquiry team, which found insufficient material to establish the charge of sexual harassment.

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