The Bar Council of India on Saturday condemned "false and cooked-up" sexual harassment allegations against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and said the entire bar stood with the CJI, and against the "attempt to malign the institution". The CJI who was presiding over the bench, however, did not pass any gag order against the media on reporting this.
The woman has written to 22 judges of the Supreme Court on Friday about the sexual assault and the harassment that her whole family had allegedly been subjected to, when she refused the CJI's alleged advances.
He said that the allegations were motivated by the intention to "deactivate the office of the CJI", sources revealed. How did she enter supreme court service when there was criminal case pending? "They have to look for something else", said the Chief Justice. Dismissing the allegations, Gogoi said that he was hurt with the "baseless charges". "He told me "hold me", he did not let go of me despite the fact that I froze and tried to get out of his embrace by stiffening and moving my body away", she said.
In a series of tweets, Jaising, who was additional solicitor general during the UPA-II regime, asked since the "government has so vociferously defended the Chief Justice of India, should he not recuse from hearing any cases relating to the government?"
"It is for you people to find out what is the truth and do whatever you feel like, but I have nothing to say", a former CJI said.
A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court Saturday dismissed allegations levelled by a former staffer of the court against Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi as "wild and baseless, created to attack and erode the independence of the judiciary".
The court asked the media to show restraint in covering the case to avoid undermining the reputation and independence of the judiciary, though it decided not to issue a gag order.
"After 20 years of selfless service as judge, I have bank balance of Rs 6.80 lakh". "I have taken this unusual and extraordinary step of sitting in court today because things have gone too far", he said.
A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice Gogoi himself, was constituted to deal with the matter following a notice by the court's registry that the sitting was to deal with a matter of "great public importance touching upon the independence of the judiciary". "Why would any sane person want to become a judge?"
Ranjan Gogoi has been accused of two incidents of sexual misconduct that took place soon after her was appointed CJI in October 2018.
I will come tomorrow and adjourn all my cases. "Bar is fully standing with our C.J.I. and the Judges of Supreme Court".
The lady had worked as a junior assistant in the home of the CJI and was dismissed from service past year after an incident of inappropriate behaviour was reported to the registry.
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