Appointment of Susie Shah as women's panel chief challenged

Saturday, 18 January 2014 - 10:37am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

The Bombay high court on Friday asked the state to consider a complaint against Susie Shah, the newly appointed chairperson of Maharashtra State Commission for Women, alleging that she went slow on a sexual harassment case during her stint as a member of the Commission.

A division bench of justices S J Vazifdar and B P Colabawala asked the government to take a call if it wants Shah to continue as MSCW chief. Acting on an HC directive, the state had filled the vacant posts in MSCW – chairperson and six members – recently.

During Friday’s hearing, Sheela (name changed) sought permission to intervene in a PIL, which  had raised the issue of vacancies in MSCW, to oppose Shah’s appointment.

A former director of consultancy firm KPMG, Sheela had sued her senior colleagues for sexual harassment at the workplace.

Sheela had also approached the National Commission for Women, alleging that she had received objectionable e-mails and was subjected to obscene and vulgar language by her seniors.

As per HC directive in July 2008, an MSCW committee was to probe and conclude hearing in six months. However, Shah, as the head of the committee, allegedly kept delaying the matter.

Sheela has also written to the chief minister, opposing Shah’s appointment.

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