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Impeachment Report Against HC Judge Accused Of Sexual Harassment To Be Tabled In Rajya Sabha

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| December 15 , 2017 , 13:52 IST

The Rajya Sabha will reportedly be tabling an impeachment report against Madhya Pradesh High Court Judge S K Gangele who was accused of sexually harassing a former Additional District and Sessions Judge, Gwalior in 2013.

Senior advocate of the Supreme Court Indira Jaising revealed the news in a series of tweets.

"Breaking news, Rajaya Sabha to table impeachment report against Justice Gangle high court judge MP on allegation of sexual harassment against a woman judge," said Jaising.

"Committee for impeachment headed by Justice Banumati, judge SC , KK Venugopal , now AG and Justice Manjula Chellur CJ Bombay," she added.

"Findings of the impeachment committee should be public ally discussed in the RS , will done MP please raise the issue?" Jaising said.

Around 58 members of the Rajya Sabha submitted a petition to the then Rajya Sabha Chairperson Hamid Ansari in March 2015 to initiate the impeachment process of Justice Gangele of the MP High Court for alleged sexual harassment of the Additional District and Sessions Judge of Gwalior.

The signatories included Sharad Yadav, who initiated the campaign, Digvijaya Singh (Congress), Sitaram Yechury (CPI-M), Derek O’Brien (Trinamool Congress), Ram Gopal Yadav (Samajwadi Party), Satish Mishra (BSP), Jaya Bachchan, Anu Aga and H K Dua.

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The “motion for the removal” of Justice Gangele, under Article 217 and Article 124 of the Constitution, listed 3 grounds for impeachment: sexual harassment of a woman Additional District and Sessions Judge of Gwalior while being a sitting judge of the Gwalior Bench of the High Court of Madhya Pradesh, victimisation of the said Additional District and Sessions Judge for not submitting to his illegal and immoral demands, including, but not limited to, transferring her from Gwalior to Sidhi, and misusing his position as the Administrative Judge of the High Court of Madhya Pradesh to use the subordinate judiciary to victimise the said Additional District and Sessions Judge.

The woman judge resigned in 2014, a year after the incident, saying she had to do it so as to protect her “dignity, womanhood and self-esteem”.

As per Indian Express, in her complaint filed in August 2014 with the Chief Justice of India and several Supreme Court Judges the woman alleged that Justice Gangele asked her to “perform dance on an item song” at a function in his residence and when she skipped the function, Gangele said “he missed the opportunity of viewing a sexy and beautiful figure dancing on the floor and that he is desperate to see the same”.