Lawyer claims conspiracy against CJI; Supreme Court asks CBI, IB, Delhi Police chiefs to appear before it
New Delhi: Two days after advocate, Utsav Bains, filed an affidavit claiming that there was a conspiracy to frame Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi in a sexual-harassment case, the Supreme Court sought the presence of CBI director, IB director and Delhi Police commissioner after Bains submitted perusing materials in a sealed cover supporting his contentions.
While claiming that the inquiry into the matter will not be affected, a bench of Justice Arun Mishra, Justice RF Nariman and Justice Deepak Gupta said, “if true, it’s a serious matter.” Justice Mishra added, “It’s a very serious issue about independence of system … if it can be controlled from other corners.”
Referring to the dismissal of two employees in connection with the controversy, Justice Mishra said, “This action has been taken by CJI for first time in country. It has been happening before. But no CJI had the courage to it before … If there is collusion of employees, it’s very serious. If he (CJI) is taking action without looking at anyone, it shows his independence.”
Bains, in his affidavit, also claimed that he was offered money to take up the case of a former woman employee of the Court and to organise a press conference to make the matter public.
Meanwhile, Laxman Singh Negi, a senior assistant with the Rajya Sabha Secretariat, requested to defend the woman who complained and on Tuesday, said that his request was ignored and the woman, a 35-year old junior court assistant, was not “given an opportunity” to defend herself, which violates the principles of natural justice.
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