Inquiry in sexual harassment cases cannot be vitiated merely because it cannot be concluded within the statutory period of 90 (ninety) days: Delhi HC

Inquiry in sexual harassment cases cannot be vitiated merely because it cannot be concluded within the statutory period of 90 (ninety) days

Recently, the Delhi High Court in CA Nitesh Parashar vs. Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) &Ors. W.P No. 88/2023, held that the complaint of sexual harassment and the inquiry proceeding emanating therefrom cannot be quashed merely for the reasons that the internal complaints committee failed to complete the inquiry within the time frame given in Section 11(4) of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013. The Court further stated that such complaints containing allegations of sexual harassment deserves to be treated with a certain amount of seriousness and responsibility and accordingly, the same have to be inquired into and taken to their logical conclusion for it is both in the interest of the complainant as well as the person against whom the allegations of sexual harassment have been levelled.

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