In another development in the shambolic case of a High Court Judge of Madhya Pradesh being accused of rape by an Additional District and Sessions Judge of Gwalior, the Judge has said that he is ready to face death penalty if the charges against him are found to be true. In order to safeguard his integrity, the sexual harassment accused has stepped down from his post, maintaining a stand of innocence.
According to media reports, the High Court Judge of Madhya Pradesh resigned from his post saying, “Hang me if I am guilty”. A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) is also said to have been filed against the Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh, stating that the Judge should be suspended until the probe is completed and the true story comes out. The PIL also states to order an inquiry against the Chief Justice in the following case.
It all began when an Additional District and Sessions Court Judge at Gwalior alleged a High Court Judge of Madhya Pradesh of sexual harassment. The woman judge, in her letter to the Chief Justice of India, narrated a number of incidents where she was the target of the judge’s ‘foul and malicious intentions’. The woman judge said, “Call it a woman’s intuition but I was very cautious and disturbed…I ignored him and kept doing my work.”
Not only is the High Court Judge accused but also three other judicial officers, who on the orders of the High Court Judge allegedly sexually assaulted the woman officer. In his letter to Chief Justice RM Lodha, reports DNA, the High Court Judge has offered to face an inquiry by any investigating agency. “I have highest regard to the institution and (am) concerned about the image of the institution. On repetition, I again say that I do not want any trial by any court.”
The High Court judge said, “If any allegation against him is found true, I am ready to face any penalty, even the death penalty”.
In his two-page letter to the Chief Justice the High Court Judge also mentioned, “In regard to the woman judge and even in regard to any lady, an investigation can also be done whether I have ever harassed or abused any of the lady employees or any subordinate judge.”