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Former SC judge Swatanter Kumar named in sexual harassment case

Yet another former Supreme Court judge Swatanter Kumar has been named in a sexual harassment case. After justice AK Ganguly’s case got highlighted in the media, another law intern alleged that she was sexually harassed by a Supreme Court judge, according to a newspaper report.

In her complaint, the law intern has mentioned that former SC judge behaved in a manner extremely sexual in nature. ‘He put his hand on my lower back. He asked me if I was comfortable traveling & staying in hotels,’ it read.

The accused judge is now working with National Green Tribunal. The complainant had interned with him between May and June 2011. Speaking on the latest sexual harassment case, Indira Jaisingh said, ‘It is a matter of sexual harassment at work place. The intern has spoken for herself and her affidavit is with SC. It was sometimes in 2011 in May. If the SC investigates into it will have a positive impact in society. SC is quite serious about such cases and so is media.’

The complainant is a former student of the National University of Juridical Sciences in Kolkata and filed a formal complaint in December 2013. The intern reportedly was disturbed and upset with the behaviour of the judge and left the internship mid-way.

Vrinda Grover, Human Rights lawyer reacted to the incident saying, ‘The complaint against the former SC judge should now be inquired into.’
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