Kozhikode district judge who made 'sexually provocative dress' remark transferred

Kerala High Court | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Kochi: A transfer order was issued to four district court judges, including Kozhikode district judge S Krishnakumar, who made the controversial remark while granting bail to writer Civic Chandran in the sexual assault case. The transfer order was issued by the administrative section of the Kerala High Court.

The anticipatory bail created controversy after the Kozhikode Sessions Court made observations that sexual harassment complaints would not stand if the woman was wearing a 'sexually provocative dress'.

Later, the state government submitted the petition under Sections 482 and 439(2) of the CrPC and alleged that the findings and reasoning given by the Sessions Court in the anticipatory bail is suffering from illegality, lack of sensitivity, sobriety and perversity.

Amidst this, HC decided to transfer Krishnakumar from Kozhikode to Kollam labour court as presiding officer. S Muralikrishna, Manjeri district judge, will take charge in Kozhikode. Meanwhile, Ernakulam additional district judge C Pradeepkumar will take charge as Manjeri district judge.

Civic Chandran has been accused in two sexual harassment cases, one by a writer belonging to a Scheduled Tribe community and the other by a young writer who accused him of sexual harassment during a book exhibition in Kozhikode.

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