New Delhi: The Supreme Court is going to review an important right of the High Court today. The apex court will examine whether the High Court can hand over the investigation to another state or not. The Supreme Court will examine whether the High Court has the authority to transfer the case to the Internal Grievance Committee (ICC) pending transfer of sexual harassment charges to another state due to the police registering a criminal case.
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The apex court has also asked the Tamil Nadu government, other departments and all those involved in the case to file their responses in the matter. A bench of Justice Indu Malhotra and Justice R Subhash Reddy took this decision on Wednesday on the appeal of an IPS officer. The IPS officer posted in Chennai appealed against the Madras High Court's decision. In August last year, a 44-year-old female officer posted as Superintendent of Police in Tamil Nadu had complained of sexual harassment.
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An Internal Complaints Committee (ICC) was formed on this complaint. Later, the woman officer had also lodged an FIR against the accused IPS under the Sexual Harassment of Women at the Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Prevention) Act-2013. The ICC and FIR investigation was transferred to Telangana for an 'independent and impartial' investigation.
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