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Supreme Court snubs MP judge’s petition in sexual harassment case

When the petitioner judge requested the court to allow him to approach another forum, the bench said that there was no res judicata against him.

Published: 27th February 2021 08:15 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th February 2021 08:15 AM   |  A+A-

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Supreme Court (Photo| Shekhar Yadav, EPS)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a petition filed by a Madhya Pradesh district judge seeking to quash disciplinary proceedings against him following a sexual harassment complaint by a junior judicial officer and said that “sexual harassment allegations cannot be brushed aside under the carpet”.

A bench headed by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde expressed its disinclination to quash the disciplinary proceedings initiated by the Madhya Pradesh High Court against senior district judge Shambhoo Singh Raghuvanshi against whom a sexual harassment complaint was lodged after he sent inappropriate messages to a junior judicial officer.

While rejecting to hear his plea, the Chief Justice of India said: “You are walking on very thin ice. You may have a chance that you may be acquitted. But as matters stand now, you are convicted. Sexual harassment allegations cannot be brushed under the carpet like this.”

When the petitioner judge requested the court to allow him to approach another forum, the bench said that there was no res judicata against him. The sexual harassment complaint against Singh was lodged in 2018. 
He had earlier approached the Supreme Court to quash the disciplinary proceedings initiated by the high court, but the top court had declined to entertain the same, asking him to approach the high court instead.

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