Only want reinstatement: Former Madhya Pradesh district judge in harassment case

Hearing the former judge’s plea seeking reinstatement, CJI S A Bobde said the woman judge could be transferred to some other court.

Published: 13th February 2020 11:01 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th February 2020 11:01 AM   |  A+A-

Gavel

For representational purposes

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI:  The Supreme Court on Wednesday suggested that a former district judge in Madhya Pradesh, who had resigned after alleging sexual harassment by a high court judge, could be reinstated.

Hearing the former judge’s plea seeking reinstatement, CJI S A Bobde said the woman judge could be transferred to some other court. The former judge agreed to this.

“There is too much animosity in the earlier place. Kindly accept my suggestion to keep me anywhere in the northern part of India,” the former judge told the bench through senior lawyer Indira Jaising.

In 2014, the former judicial officer had alleged that Justice S K Gangele, her then supervisor judge, sent her a message through the district court registrar to dance to an item song at a function at his residence.

She was subsequently transferred from Gwalior to Sidhi, leading her to resign as an additional district and sessions judge on July 15, 2014. Her July 2018 plea for reinstatement in the SC came six months after a Rajya Sabha-constituted panel dismissed the sexual harassment allegations.

During the hearing, Jaising told the bench as to how she was compelled to resign after her transfer as her daughter was in Class 12 and was due for her board exams. On this, CJI Bobde said the dispute should end now as situations have changed drastically.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp