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Supreme Court of India. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint
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Supreme Court gags media from reporting MP judge sexual harassment case

The press should not report the case till a judgment is passed, says Supreme Court

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday restrained the media from reporting the proceedings of a case in which a former woman district judge in Madhya Pradesh (MP) has alleged sexual harassment by a MP high court judge.

Saying that the case involved a sensitive issue, a bench of justices J.S. Khehar and Arun Mishra said the press should not report the case till a judgment is passed.

The woman judge’s writ petition before the apex court​, filed by former additional solicitor general and women’s rights activist Indira Jaising, argued that the in-house procedure does not allow the Madhya Pradesh high court chief justice to set up a committee. The chief justice has to “verify" the case and send it to the chief justice of India for initiating the process of investigation into the complaint. She had claimed that this procedure had not been followed in the present case.

The apex court had on 29 August stayed an 8 August order by the chief justice of the Madhya Pradesh high court setting up a three-member committee of judges to assist him to probe charges of sexual harassment levelled by the former additional district and sessions judge from Gwalior.

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