Priya Bhatia Vs. Union of India And Ors.  INSC 51 (15 January 2010)
SUPREME COURT OF INDIA CRIMINAL ORIGINAL JURISDICTION WRIT PETITION (CRL.) NO.
60 OF 2009 VERSUS UNION OF INDIA AND ORS. ...
We had heard the petitioner-in-person at length. Although this is
a miscellaneous matter and at the stage of fresh hearing, we had reserved
judgment for the reason that the petitioner was surcharged and appeared to be
emotionally disturbed and prudence dictated that we should not make any order
adverse to her in her presence.
During the course of arguments, the petitioner repeatedly referred
to the fact that she had been sexually intimidated by her senior colleagues in
office and that they had misused their positions and amassed huge fortunes. She
also emphasized that it was on account of her attempts to highlight the
misconduct of these officers that she had been harassed & hounded time and
again and had even been denied her service dues.
We have gone through the petition as also the documents filed and
find that the allegations made by the petitioner have been enquired into by
several independent bodies including a Committee headed by Dr. Renuka
Vishwanathan and supervised by the 2 Cabinet Secretary and that no merit had
been found in the allegations levelled by her.
The record further shows that the allegations made by the
petitioner have at one time or the other been examined by the National Human
Rights Commission and the National Commission for Women and they too had not
granted her any relief.
We also see from paragraph No.18 of the petition that some
over-lapping matters are pending before the Delhi High Court. For all these
reasons, we are unable to grant any relief to the petitioner under Article 32
of the Constitution of India. She may however pursue her remedies before the
Delhi High Court or elsewhere.
The Writ Petition is dismissed for the above reasons.
..............................J. (HARJIT SINGH BEDI)
..............................J. (J.M. PANCHAL)
JANUARY 15, 2010.