Chief Justice P. Sathasivam passed the order after reviewing a report submitted by GSICC, a one-point contact in the Supreme Court for sexual harassment complaints. Photo: Mint
New Delhi: Taking action against sexual harassment, the recently formed Gender Sensitization and Internal Complaints Committee (GSICC) of the Supreme Court has for the first time barred an advocate from entering the court premises for six months, saying the penalty will serve as a deterrent against him.
Chief Justice P. Sathasivam passed the order after reviewing a report submitted by the GSICC, a one-point contact in the Supreme Court for sexual harassment complaints.
The committee submitted its report after receiving recommendations from the internal sub-committee seeking a bar on advocate C.S. Nagesh entering the court premises for up to a year.
However, the Chief Justice said, “I am of the view that, in the first instance, six months’ bar on entry into the Supreme Court precincts would suffice, considering the fact that, except the instant case, no other incident of this nature relating to Nagesh has been reported.”
He added, “This penalty, in my view, would not only allow him to redeem himself but also would operate as a deterrent against him.”
The Chief Justice set up the 10-member GSICC last year. Headed by Justice Ranjana Desai of the Supreme Court, it receives and decides on sexual harassment complaints.
In its annual report published on 31 January this year, the committee said it has received complaints from two lawyers so far.
…………………..FIRST PUBLISHED: TUE, APR 22 2014. 08 39 PM IST