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Gwalior judge sex harass case: SC gags media after ‘inconclusive’ arguments by Jaising v Salve v Sibal

The Supreme Court today heard arguments by counsel in the allegation by a former Gwalior district judge that she was sexually harassed by a Madhya Pradesh high court judge SK Gangele.

The order, uploaded on the Supreme Court website, stated:

Arguments heard, which remained inconclusive.

List for further consideration on 30.10.2014.

The media/press is directed not to report the proceedings of this case, till the final judgment is delivered in the matter.

The unnamed district judge, X, was represented by senior counsel Indira Jaising, and advocates ML Lahoti, Puroshottam Sharma Tripathi, Anindita Pujari, R Chandra Prakash, Satish Sangwan, Mukesh Kr Singh, Durga Dutt, L Nidhiram Sharma, Filza Moonis, Vineet Ajwani, Sonakshi Malhan and Shantanu J.

The first respondent, the registrar general of the Madhya Pradesh high court, was represented by senior advocate Harish N Salve, an advocates Anuradha Dutt, B Vijayalakshmi Menon, Ekta Kapil, Nikhil Sakhardande, Anubha Singh, and Atishree Sood.

Gangele, respondent number 3, had senior advocate Kapil Sibal and advocates Shruti Srivastava, Pragya Baghel, Mayank Gulati, Akhil Sibal and Sakim on his side.

X had said in August that she would not cooperate with the sex harassment panel in Madhya Pradesh because it was biased and the judge continued sitting, meaning witnesses could not depose freely.

Last week, DNA reported Gangele’s response in the case, which denied the allegations, which he claimed were “reckless” and “cooked up”.

The Madhya Pradesh high court in its affidavit swore that Gangele was denied a meeting with the high court’s chief justice, reported the Times of India.

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