After second most senior judge Justice Chelameswar wrote to the Chief Justice of India on the need to ensure that government does not interfere in the working of judiciary, the government has come back with allegations that the whole thing might end up twisting facts in a sexual harassment case involving Karnataka district judge P Krishna Bhat.
The government sources questioned why the complainant lady magistrate was neither called to depose in an inquiry nor were the apex court’s Vishaka guidelines followed.
Sources informed that the law ministry had good reasons to write to the Karnataka chief justice Dinesh Maheswari and make sure that the sexual harassment complaint against Bhat by the lady judicial magistrate was looked into .
It need be mentioned that Justice Chelameswar, the senior-most judge, has taken exception to the Central government by writing directly to Justice Maheshwari regarding the collegium’s recommendation to elevate Bhat to the High Court.
In his letter to the CJI, also marked to all SC judges, he said the judiciary has lately been accused of yielding to the executive, which has been nixing appointment of ‘inconvenient’ judges.>