MP HC judge accused of sexual harassment should be impeached: Indira Jaising

A group of female lawyers said on Monday that the impeachment proceedings should be initiated against the Madhya Pradesh High Court judge.

Last Updated: Aug 04, 2014, 18:55 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: A group of female lawyers said on Monday that impeachment proceedings should be initiated against Madhya Pradesh High Court judge who has been accused of sexual harassment by an Additional District and Sessions Judge in Gwalior

Addressing the press here, senior lawyer Indira Jaising said, “MPs should initiate impeachment proceedings against the judge.” She also said that the Chief Justice of India should order an inquiry on his own in the matter.

“The accused judge should suspended from all work,” she added.
The group of lawyers have moved a resolution in the Supreme Court Bar Association seeking enquiry into the matter.

A sitting judge of MP High Court has been accused of sexual harassment by an Additional District and Sessions Judge in Gwalior. The controversy erupted when she resigned citing alleged sexual harassment by the judge.

She said that the judge wanted her to perform an `item song` at his house, as per reports. The judge transferred her to a remote place in the state when she refused to yield to his advances. It was also said that he could not find any fault in her work.
Throwing more light on the matter, she further said that the Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court had declined to meet her. In such a scenario she had no option but to resign.

Meanwhile, the accused is said to have approached the Chief Justice of MP High Court regarding the matter and has reportedly claimed that the charges being levelled against him are false.

The judge also said that he should be hanged if found guilty.

On the other hand, reacting to the controversy Deputy Registrar of Supreme Court Rakesh Sharma said, "With regard to allegations of sexual harassment of Additional District and Sessions Judge, Gwalior, a through e-mail has been received in the Registry, which is being dealt with appropriately."