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Only want reinstatement: former District Judge who raised sexual harassment allegations against MP HC judge

Shruti Mahajan

The woman district judge from Madhya Pradesh who resigned after making allegations of sexual harassment against a judge of the Madhya Pradesh High Court told the Supreme Court today that she is only seeking reinstatement.

Appearing on behalf of the district judge, Senior Advocate Indira Jaising today told the Court that she is not willing to pursue the complaint of sexual harassment against Justice SK Gangele anymore. Jaising further told the Court that she is seeking to be reinstated as a judge in light of the findings of the inquiry Committee.

Jaising told the Bench of Chief Justice of India SA Bobde and Justices BR Gavai and Surya Kant that a three-member inquiry committee looking into the allegations of sexual harassment had concluded that the woman judge's transfer was "unlawful".

This inquiry committee was set up by the Rajya Sabha and was headed by Supreme Court Judge, Justice R Banumathi. The allegations of sexual harassment were dismissed by this panel.

After making the allegations against Justice Gangele, the woman judge was set to be transferred from Gwalior to Sidhi, the Court was told. It was in light of this impending transfer that she tendered her resignation.

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