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CJI constitutes 3-judge commission to probe ex-SC judge sexual harassment allegation

Supreme Court: Takes case seriously
Supreme Court: Takes case seriously

The Supreme Court has set up a three-judge committee to probe the allegation that a retired Supreme Court judge sexually harassed a law student intern in late 2012.

Journalist Nikhil Kanekal, who is currently in the Supreme Court, tweeted on @nkanekal: “Supreme Court sets up a 3-judge committee to probe #internharassment case. Justices RM Lodha, HL Dattu and Ranjana Prakash Desai.”

He added that Chief Justice of India (CJI) Sathasivam said that the case was “lingering on my mind since 10am”. The PTI on @PTI_News tweeted that the CJI said that the SC was taking steps and in cases of sexual harassment, they could not take it lightly.

@PTI_News added that the CJI said that “the committee will go into the whole affair and find out the facts and prepare the report… As the head of the institution, I am also concerned about the allegation and anxious whether the statement is true or not”.

@Spread_Law, a Twitter handle of TV journalist Sumit Nagpal, added that attorney general Goolam Vahanvati had mentioned the matter before the CJI.

Legally India had first interviewed the former NUJS Kolkata student yesterday about how she and other students had been allegedly sexually harassed by a retired Supreme Court judge in December 2012. She had posted a blog about coming to terms with her experience on 6 November.

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