Jaipur: The Rajasthan High Court has issued a notice to the defence secretary on a case of sexual harassment filed by a woman Army officer of Major rank. Her charge was that she was harassed by an officer of Brigadier rank.

The high court has also sought replies from the general officer commanding-in-chief, headquarters, south-western command, chief of staff, headquarters, south-western command and presiding officer/chairperson, internal complaints committee on sexual harassment, said a leading daily.

The single-judge bench of Justice Ashok Kumar issued the notices following the petition filed by the Major through her counsels. “The petitioner stated that during her first posting, the Brigadier behaved in an indecent, unwarranted way with her. It qualified as action oriented towards sexual harassment,” said her counsel.

The petitioner has asked for an independent committee as per the provisions of the Sexual Harassment Act, 2013, and that the accused Brigadier be punished.

An earlier internal complaints committee had said, in July 2018, that the complaint of sexual harassment was vague.

Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court has sought JNU’s response on a plea challenging the clean chit given by its Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) to one of its professors accused of sexually harassing several women students.

Justice Suresh Kait issued the notice to the university and the professor in question and sought their replies to the plea filed by the women, who have sought his suspension and removal from the campus.

The ICC report of July 23 last year followed the high court’s direction to the committee to find out whether a prima facie case of misconduct was made out against the professor, Atul Johri, to suspend him from the Jawaharlal Nehru University.