A former law intern, who has made sexual harassment allegations against Justice Swatanter Kumar, on Monday moved the Supreme Court seeking inquiry against the retired judge. According to the intern, the alleged harassment took place in May 2012 when Kumar was a sitting judge of the apex court.
In her earlier complaint, the intern had alleged that on one occasion Justice Kumar had placed his hand on her lower back when she was stepping out of his office room. “I felt quite uncomfortable and disturbed but I brushed it aside,” she had said. Subsequently, on another occasion when she went to the judge’s room to apologise for a mistake she had committed, he told her not to worry and asked her to come over to his side of the desk.
“When I did, he put his right arm around me and kissed me on my left shoulder. I was quite taken aback and shocked, and I excused myself and hurriedly left his room,” the intern alleged in her affidavit against Justice Kumar.
The intern, who is referred to in the petition as Ms X, sought the institution of an appropriate mechanism for determination of the truth.
The intern filed the petition after the administrative side of the SC refused to entertain her complaint against the judge citing its full court resolution.