Supreme Court refuses to give an urgent hearing against High Court judge


New Delhi, Aug 6:
The Supreme Court today refused to give an urgent hearing on PIL seeking judicial inquiry into a complaint of a woman judge of Gwalior who accused a Madhya Pradesh High Court judge of sexually harassing her. A bench headed by Chief Justice R M Lodha questioned the locus of the petitioner, a lawyer, in the case and said that matter would be taken up in due course when it is listed for hearing.

The petitioner, M L Sharma sought lodging of an FIR and probe against the High Court for allegedly harassing a Additional District and Session judge of Gwalior who quit judicial service. The PIL also sought suspension of the judge of the Gwalior bench of the high court, who had allegedly sexually harassed the woman judge, during the pendency of the inquiry.

“To appoint a judicial inquiry by this court itself consisting justices of the Supreme Court in the impugned scenario for further action/prosecution in accordance of law /IPC as well as within the directions issued in the Vishakha judgement to provide complete justice to the petitioner,” the petition said.