New Delhi: Following the sexual harassment allegations by the former junior assistant against Chief Justice of India, the Supreme Court Employees Welfare Association on Monday came out in support of Ranjan Gogoi. Further, after offering his version of developments, the CJI assigned the matter to Justice S A Bobde, who is one of the senior judges in the apex court, to decide on the matter.
The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) held that the unprecedented hearing by a three-judge bench following sexual harassment allegations against the CJI was a “violation of the procedure established by law”.
“The executive committee of the Supreme Court Bar Association in its emergent meeting has resolved that procedure adopted for conducting the court proceedings on April 20 in the matter of allegations made by ex-employee of the Supreme Court against the Chief Justice of India is in violation of procedure established by law as well as principles of natural justice,” SCBA Secretary Vikrant Yadav said.
It requested the full court of the Supreme Court to take all necessary steps as may be required in law in such cases. It further said in a statement that without prejudice to any enquiry which may be initiated as above, the full court should collate all the materials and facts with regard to the allegations from electronic, print, social media and other available sources, which may be considered in its next meeting.
The SCBA Secretary further said, “The committee further resolved and requested the Full Court of the Supreme Court to take all such necessary steps as may be required in law in this regard.”
Allegations of sexual harassment had cropped up against the CJI on April 20 prompting him to convene an urgent extraordinary hearing in which he asserted that the charges by a former apex court staffer were “unbelievable” and part of a conspiracy by some “bigger force” to “deactivate” the CJI’s office. As the allegations by the former woman staffer who had worked at Justice Gogoi’s home office in Delhi and dating back to October stunned the judiciary, the CJI had said he would not stoop too low, even to deny them.
Earlier, the Chief Justice of India had denied Denies the allegations, and called it a ‘conspiracy to destabilise judiciary’. Dismissing the allegations, Gogoi said that he was hurt with the ‘baseless charges’. He added the charges being levelled against him were intended to malign his image.
(With PTI inputs)