Mumbai Judge suspended after sexual harassment complaint

August 20, 2014 12:24 pm | Updated 12:24 pm IST - MUMBAI:

A judge of the city sessions and civil court has been suspended following charges of sexual harassment at workplace against him. The judge in the dock, M T Gaikwad, has been accused of inappropriate behaviour.

A departmental inquiry has been initiated against him following a preliminary inquiry. Registrar-General of the Bombay High Court, Shalini Phansalkar-Joshi, confirmed the reports to the media.

She said a preliminary inquiry was conducted by judge S D Tulankar, and the judge was suspended after substance was found in the complaint.

Sources said a court staffer had complained about the judge, when he presided over a special Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Ac court. Some other women staffers too made allegations of inappropriate behaviour against him during the preliminary inquiry.

The departmental inquiry against him will be presided over by a senior judge or a judge as decided by the Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court.

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