New Delhi: Former Supreme Court judge Swatanter Kumar who is facing allegations of sexual harassment by a law intern has issued a clarification in a national daily ‘the Indian Express ‘ calling the charges ‘false and totally incorrect’. Kumar also refused that he remembered the intern. “She didn’t intern with me. At least, I don’t even remember if she was my intern,” he said.
He also added that he had no information about an affidavit being filed by the law intern. “I am getting to know only from you that such an affidavit has been sent by her. Please don’t publish it as it may have serious consequences,” .
In her complaint, the law intern had mentioned that the former SC judge behaved in a manner which was extremely sexual in nature. “He put his hand on my lower back. He asked me if I was comfortable traveling and staying in hotels,” the complaint read.
The accused judge is now the Chairperson of National Green Tribunal. The complainant had interned with him between May and June 2011.
Speaking on the latest sexual harassment case, Additional Solicitor General Indira Jaising said, “It is a matter of sexual harassment at work place. The intern has spoken for herself and her affidavit is with the 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.
This incident comes even as another former Supreme court judge AK Ganguly is also facing allegations of sexual harassment by a law intern which has forced him to step down from the post of the Chairman of the West Bengal Human Rights Commission.