New Delhi: After the three-member in-house committee of the Supreme Court gave a clean chit to Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi in a sexual harassment case on Monday, the woman who had accused him of misconduct issued a press statement saying that she was “highly disappointed and dejected”.
“I am at the verge of losing faith in the capacity of our system to deliver justice to the weak and vulnerable who are pitted against the powerful within the system itself,” read the statement by the woman.
She said “gross injustice” has been done to her as a woman citizen of India and “worst fears” have come true, and all hope of justice and redress from the highest Court of the land have been shattered.
The woman also said that her family “remains vulnerable to the ongoing reprisals and attack” and that she was “extremely scared and terrified”.
She said that she will consult her lawyer and decide on the next steps.
Notably, the allegations against the CJI had become public on April 20 when some news web portals had come out with the stories.
Though the CJI had recused himself midway of the hearing, he had described the allegations against him as “unbelievable” and had said a larger conspiracy was behind it and he would not stoop so low even to deny these allegations.
Justice Bobde on April 23 had told PTI, “This is going to be an in-house procedure which does not contemplate representation of advocate on behalf of parties. It is not a formal judicial proceeding.” Though there was no time frame to complete the inquiry, Justice Bobde had said the future course of action will depend on “what comes out of the inquiry” which will be “confidential”.
Meanwhile, the matter was mentioned for urgent listing before a bench comprising Justices S A Bobde and S A Nazeer by advocate M L Sharma, who claimed that there was a conspiracy to malign the CJI in a “concocted, false sexual harassment” case. “What is the urgency? You have filed it and it will come up for hearing,” the bench said added, “It will be listed in due course,” it added.
The 3-member Committee, which completed its task in 14 days, proceeded ex-parte as the woman had opted out of the inquiry on April 30 after participating for three days.