Chargesheet served to Rajasthan HC official in sex-scandal: tarnishing the image and credibility of judiciary and character assassination of judges: Dec 23, 2002

A charge-sheet has been served upon Rajasthan High Court official, involved in a sex scandal, for tarnishing the image and credibility of judiciary and character assassination of judges.Deputy Registrar (record), Govind Kalwani, already suspended from job, was served the charge-sheet on Sunday under section 16 of the Rajasthan Civil Services (classification, control and appeal) rules, 1958 that provides major penalty, including dismissal, High Court sources said in Jodhpur on Monday.Kalwani is accused of seeking sexual favour for himself and a sitting judge Arun Madan from a lady doctor Sunita Malviya running a health clinic in Jodhpur, in return of judicial favour in a case pending against her.

Malviya had alleged in her complaint that Kalwani sought sexual favour when he visited her clinic on October 18 and 21 this year and talked to Justice Madan on mobile phone in this connection.

Describing his act as gross misconduct, the charge-sheet said Kalwani tarnished the image and credibility of judiciary bringing disrepute to the Rajasthan High Court.

It also told the suspended official that he had attempted character assassination of judges of the court by saying such things against them which were false to his knowledge.

Since the name of a sitting judge was also involved in the scandal, the then Chief Justice of India G B Pattanaik constituted a three-member committee of judges from the Punjab and Haryana high court, the Dehli High Court and the Patna High Court for in-house inquiry into the conduct of the judge.

The committee held its sitting in Jodhpur early this month and invited concerned people to hear their versions. Those appeared before the committee included complainant Sunita Malviya, accused Govind Kalwani and judge Arun Madan.

Meanwhile, the Rajasthan High Court Bar Association has announced a boycott of Madan’s court till his name is cleared in the controversy.


Press Trust of India 

Posted: Dec 23, 2002 at 1046 hrs IST


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