Bhopal: A former additional and district sessions judge from Madhya Pradesh has moved the Supreme Court asking to be reinstated in service.
She was forced to tender her resignation after she had levelled sexual harassment allegations against Madhya Pradesh High Court judge, Justice SK Gangele in 2014. After she levelled the allegations, she was transferred for not giving in to her superior’s demands.
She had moved Madhya Pradesh High Court in 2017, pleading to be reinstated, stating that her resignation amounted to an act of ‘constructive termination’.
The judge had claimed that she was forced to resign in 2014 after she was transferred to a conflict area, just before her daughter’s board exams, and after her complaint.
In response, the court said that in a meeting held in January 2018, her plea was “rejected by the full court”.
‘Told to perform an item number’
- The judge has alleged that she was subjected to repeated requests to visit justice Gangele’s bungalow.
- Once, she was asked to ‘perform an item number’ at a private function in his home, she alleged.
- She said that she began to avoid justice Gangele, but was subjected to intense surveillance as a result. Soon, she was transferred mid-season to Sidhi.
- When she pleaded with justice Gangele not to transfer her, he said he would end her career, as she did not visit his bungalow alone even once.
- She said she was forced to resign as there was no sexual harassment committee in the high court where she could have lodged a complaint.