Supereme Court issues notice to HC registrar on ex-judge’s reinstatement plea

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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday issued notice to the Madhya Pradesh High Court registrar on a plea seeking reinstatement by a former additional district and sessions judge, who had accused a high court judge of sexual harassment and quit after she was transferred to a remote location.

A judicial committee set up by the Rajya Sabha chairman since had exonerated the high court judge of the charges because the complaint had been filed late and there was no proof to establish the allegation.

A bench comprising Justices AK Sikri and Ashok Bhushan issued the notice after the lady judge moved the top court recently seeking reinstatement.

Her case was argued by Indira Jaising, who sought her reinstatement with effective seniority.

The firebrand lawyer argued that hers was a case of constructive termination under mala fide orders passed by a high court judge in his supervisory jurisdiction.

The notice would have to be replied to within three weeks.

The lady judge had earlier moved the top court also challenging the enquiry process but to no avail.

The case had created a stir in 2014 when she wrote to the then Chief Justice of India RM Lodha complaining that she was transferred to a remote place hit by Naxal violence when she complained of the harassment.

She quit soon after citing personal reasons.

The then CJI ordered an enquiry. That had also exonerated the high court judge who has since demitted office. The enquiry committee had, however, suggested that the lady judge be reinstated if possible.

Source: Economic Times