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Lady judge harass probe

New Delhi, Aug. 12: Madhya Pradesh High Court has set up a two-judge committee to probe the alleged sexual harassment of a lady additional district judge by a judge of that high court.

The decision to appoint the panel was taken on an order from the Chief Justice of India, R.M. Lodha, to the Madhya Pradesh High Court chief justice, A.M. Khanwilkar, sources said.

Justice Lodha told The Telegraph: “Yes, I had asked the chief justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court to probe the allegations. I had made the request four-five days back.

“I have asked the high court chief justice to submit me a report at the earliest.”

Sources in Madhya Pradesh High Court refused to identify the judges on the probe panel.

The lady additional district judge had accused the sitting high court judge, Justice S.K. Gangele, of sexual harassment. She resigned on July 15.

It is learnt that she did not mention the judge in her resignation letter. But she later wrote identical letters to President Pranab Mukherjee and Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad about the alleged harassment.

The State High Court Bar Association had earlier written to the Chief Justice of India accusing the victim of granting anticipatory bail in 18 gang-rape and child-abuse case.

The two-judge inquiry panel will look into the lady judge’s allegations and the circumstances leading to her transfer from Gwalior to Sidhi.