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Sexual harrasment accused HC-judge SK Gangele feels Rajya Sabha heat

Oral arguments in the sexual harassment case against Madhya Pradesh high court judge SK Gangele began today in the parliament, four months after the Supreme Court dismissed the allegations against him.

Legally India understands from sources close to the process that the upper legislative house - Rajya Sabha - is investigating under the Judicial Inquiry Act 1968 and the Judicial Inquiry Act 1969, the sexual harassment allegations made against Gangele by a female additional district and sessions judge at Gwalior. The complainant and Gangele have already made their written submissions in the case to the Rajya Sabha.

The Rajya Sabha has written to its vice president Hamid Ansari, requesting Gangele’s impeachment, reported the Indian Express. 58 members of the house, who were unhappy with the judicial probe into Gangele’s case, signed the impeachment request made to Hansari.

The accused judge at the Jabalpur bench of the Madhya pradesh high court has survived two judicial probes in this matter: one by the Madhya Pradesh high court and another by the Supreme Court. The courts had ruled that charges weren’t proved against him due to lack of sufficient evidence.

The grounds which Rajya Sabha is looking into are the same as inquired into earlier by the courts. The gounds were:

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 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.

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