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Supreme Court bench questions if pursuing the transfer petition in sexual harassment case against Justice Swatanter Kumar needed

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The Supreme Court on Monday was hearing a case relating to the alleged sexual harassment of a law clerk by former Supreme Court judge Justice Swatanter Kumar when it asked if pursuing the transfer petition would serve any purpose.

While hearing the transfer petition filed by the survivor, the bench of Justice KM Joseph and Justice BV Nagarathna asked if it is necessary to go on with this matter now.

Advocate Vrinda Grover, who appeared for the survivor-law clerk, said that she will have to take instructions in this regard.

The matter has been listed the matter for further consideration on February 24.

The transfer petition which was filed by the survivor had asked for a transfer of the main case from the Delhi High Court to a State where the accused judge had not worked.

The petitioner claimed the transfer of case will ensure the accused will not be able to influence the proceedings.

The Delhi High Court had restrained the media from reporting about the matter except court proceedings in 2014.

Justice Kumar had served as a judge of the Delhi High Court, Punjab and Haryana High Court and also as the Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court before being elevated to the Supreme Court. He served at the Supreme Court from 2009 to 2012.

After he resigned from the Apex Court, he served in the the National Green Tribunal till December 2017 as the Chairperson.

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