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SC for transparency in sexual harassment cases against judges

New Delhi(PTI): In a landmark move to usher in transparency in higher judiciary, the Supreme Court on Thursday ordered its registry to make public the in-house procedure for enquiry into sexual harassment and other complaints against High Court judges and Chief Justices.

The Supreme Court of India, New Delhi Photo: Shanker Chakravarty

A bench led by justice J.S. Khehar was pronouncing the judgment in a petition filed by an additional district judge in Madhya Pradesh complaining of harassment faced at the hands of a Madhya Pradesh High Court judge.

The Bench said the Chief Justice of India could further “mould” the procedure against “favouritism, prejudice and bias” within the judicial system.

The procedure will be put up in the public domain and posted on the official website of the Supreme Court.

In the present case, the bench has asked the CJI to reconstitute a three-member enquiry panel as per the procedure with either the CJI himself or the Chief Justice of another High Court heading it.

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