New turn in CJI sexual harassment case


New Delhi:A Special Bench of the Supreme Court, led by Justice Arun Mishra, on Tuesday issued notice to an advocate who filed a plea in the court claiming he was offered up to Rs. 1.5 crore by a man who identified himself as “Ajay” to frame a “false case of sexual harassment” against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi.The Bench, also comprising Justices Rohinton Nariman and Deepak Gupta, ordered lawyer Utsav Bains to be personally present in the court at 10.30 a.m. on April 24.

Other side Former Supreme Court Judge N Santosh Hegde said on Tuesday Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi hearing a case involving sexual harassment allegations against him was “wholly wrong both in law and morality”.He, however, said he does not want to comment on the allegations levelled against the CJI by a former Supreme Court employee as he does not know their “correctness or otherwise.

Remind it that The Supreme Court Chief Justice, Ranjan Gogoi, has been accused of sexually harassing a female assistant, and a special panel of judges, including CJI, called an emergency meeting on April 20 to address the allegations. The Secretary General of the apex court, in an email response to reports of sexual harassment, termed the allegations false and vindictive, as the services of the complainant were terminated due to inappropriate behaviour on duty. The woman, on the other hand, termed the action as too harsh.

The complainant was a junior court assistant in October 2018. She alleged that CJI touched her inappropriately in October last year, and that her family, husband and brother-in-law, were singled out for retribution after she rebuffed him.


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