Press Note - Fact Sheet on Suicide Attempt by Ms NISHA Priya Bhatia
Former R&AW official Nisha Priya Bhatia has been granted a pension
Nisha Priya Bhatia, a senior RAW officer had in 2008 filed a complaint alleging sexual harassment by A.K. Chaturvedi , was arrested, compulsorily retired, and put in a hospital for ‘medical illness’. The Central Administrative Tribunal (‘CAT’) today ordered the central government to re-instate her with immediate effect.
Through: Ms. Nisha Priya Bhatia, respondent in person.
New Delhi, 19 Sep 2014: The Delhi High Court Friday refused to interfere with the appointment of Justice H.L. Dattu as the next Chief Justice of India (CJI), on a plea filed by an advocate and former Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) woman officer who alleged sexual harassment by him.
A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Pradeep Nandrajog dismissed the plea of Nisha Priya Bhatia, who sought the recommendation of the government to the President to appoint Justice Dattu as the next CJI be quashed.
"Once the presidential approval is there, we can't do anything. It's not a matter of interference," said the bench.
During the hearing, Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain, appearing for the central government, opposed Bhatia's plea to quash the recommendation, saying the President has approved the appointment of Justice Dattu as the next CJI on Sep 5.
The ASG also argued that the petition is frivolous and should not be entertained.
Alleging sexual harassment, the 51-year-old Bhatia in her plea has said: "Quash recommendations reported to have been made by government - as council of ministers - to the President to appoint Justice H.L. Dattu as the Chief Justice of India."
Bhatia in her plea has alleged that she was a law student in 2011 when Justice Dattu began hearing all her court cases in the Supreme Court, her work place.
"He (Dattu) has since then contributed to her acute and intense sexual harassment even though - under the Vishakha guidelines of the apex court itself - he was obliged to protect her against it, even from the third party," the plea said.
The plea said Justice Dattu dismissed all her cases and she had also filed complaints against him with police, the National Commission for Women and the Delhi Commission for Women.
Bhatia, a 1987 batch Class 1 executive cadre officer in the RAW, was compulsorily retired from the service in 2009.
Sanction of Head of Office is accorded for payment of provisional pension under the provisions of Rule 69 of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972, to Ms. Nisha Priya Bhatia, Ex-Director on her compulsory retirement with effect from 18.12.2009 till regularisation of her period of unauthorized absence from 29.8.2009 to 26.11.2009. Ms. Nisha Priya Bhatia is authorized provisional pension on the last pay drawn by her on 28.8.2008 as per details given below:- A detailed point-wise response to the appeal has also been submitted, withwhich is attached a letter of 24.12.07 from appellant Ms. Nisha Priya Bhatiastating as follows:By an application of 15.9.2008 Ms. Nisha Priya Bhatia of Naraina, New Delhiapplied to the CPIO, Research & Analysis Wing of the Cabinet Secretariat (RAW)seeking the following information:Nisha Priya Bhatia, a former official with the country’s spy agency Research and Analysis Wing, had sought her medical records from the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences where she was admitted on the orders of Delhi High Court.