Top Court Refuses To Intervene In Uttarakhand Order On Harassment Inquiry

Top Court Refuses To Intervene In Uttarakhand Order On Harassment Inquiry

The Supreme Court has refused to interfere with the Uttarakhand High Court's interim order dismissing a senior judicial officer's plea for changing the inquiry officer, who was examining charges of sexual harassment against him, over alleged bias. "We are not inclined to interfere with the order passed by the high court. The Special Leave Petition is, accordingly, dismissed. Pending application(s), if any, stands disposed of accordingly. Senior advocate PS Patwalia, who appeared for the petitioner along with advocate Sachin Sharma, argued that his client has an outstanding record and these allegations were levelled to embarrass him. He claimed that a day after his plea for a change of inquiry officer was taken up for hearing by the high court, the inquiry officer had closed the defence and started proceedings ex-parte. The bench said that it will not interfere with the inquiry but can ask the high court to decide on the plea and pass the order. "If you have a good case on bias, you will succeed.

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