Impossible to ignore complaint of sexual harassment: SC to dist. Judge



The Supreme Court on Friday denied the plea seeks to quash the complaint against sexual harassment.


A three-judge bench headed by CJI SA Bobde underlined that the allegations of sexual harassment can't be brushed under the carpet while hearing the petition filed by former District Judge of Madhya Pradesh Shambhoo Singh Raghuvanshi.

The bench told him to participate in the inquiry. " 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," the bench added.


The Supreme Court asked the former district judge to face the "in-house departmental inquiry" conducted by Madhya Pradesh High Court. A complaint filed by a female judicial officer had accused the former District judge of sending vulgar texts on WhatsApp.

In April 2019, the Gender Sensitization Internal Complaint Committee( GSICC) recommend a disciplinary inquiry against him. The plaintiff then withdrew its appeal and moved an application for conciliation to end the inquiry. However, the application was rejected by GGSIC. Against the action of GGSIC, the petitioner filed a plea to quash the inquiry in the Supreme Court.

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