‘Complaints Committee’ inquiring into sexual harassment complaints empowered to question witnesses: SC

The Supreme Court (SC), dealing with the issue of whether the Central Complaints Committee (CCC), constituted to inquire into cases of sexual harassment at workplace, could have put questions to the prosecution witnesses in a departmental inquiry, has held that since the CCC, acting as per Vishaka Guidelines, is deemed to be the Inquiry Authority, therefore, the CCC must be allowed to put questions to the witnesses. The SC further, opined that neither there is any statutory bar nor any logic to restrict the power of the CCC to put questions to the witnesses.