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'No substance in sexual harassment allegations': In-house committee clears CJI Ranjan Gogoi

In a major reprieve for Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, the three-judge Supreme Court panel, headed by Justice S.A. Bobde gave clean chit to him.

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New Delhi Updated on: May 06, 2019 17:35 IST
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An In-House Inquiry Committee of the Supreme Court headed by Justice S A Bobde "has found no substance" in the allegations of sexual harassment levelled against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi by a former woman employee of the apex court.

A notice by the office of Supreme Court Secretary General also said that the report of the committee constituted as part of the In-House procedure is not liable to be made public.

The In-House Inquiry Committee has submitted its report dated May 5, 2019 in accordance with the In-House procedure, to the next senior judge, after Justice Bobde who is competent to receive the report and also sent a copy to the judge concerned, namely the Chief Justice of India, it said.

"The In-House Committee has found no substance in the allegations contained in the complaint dated 19.4.2019 of a former employee of the Supreme Court of India," the report submitted by the In-House Committee said. 

The woman had made a detailed complaint of sexual harassment and victimisation against the Chief Justice of India by means of an affidavit dated April 18.

She said she had written to all the Judges of the Supreme Court to constitute a special enquiry committee of senior retired Judges of the apex court to enquire into her complaint of sexual harassment and the consequent victimisation.

"I did not think that any in house body or the committee constituted under the Prevention of Sexual Harassment Act, would be able to fairly deal with my complaint, given the fact that the person against whom I had made the complaint was the Chief Justice of India. My complaint is in the public domain," she said in her press statement.

She also expressed dismay that the CJI on April 20 on Saturday, which was a court holiday constituted a special bench comprising of himself and two other judges and in that hearing levelled various allegations against her in her absence.

 

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