New Delhi: The woman complainant in the case of sexual harassment against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has on Tuesday sent a letter to the in-house committee, reported ANI.
It said in the letter, the woman complainant has requested for a copy of the panel’s report mentioned in a press release a couple of days ago issued by the Secretary-General which had said that the report was not liable to be made public.
The day has been marked by protests by women lawyers and activists, so much so that Section 144 had to be imposed outside Supreme Court. The protesters shouted slogans outside the apex court and questioned the clean chit given to Gogoi.
The protesters were also demanding that the report be shared with the complainant. “Procedure seems to be totally unjust… Why can’t the victim be given the report? It’s wrong. When they are dismissing the matter, more questions are being raised about the procedures adopted by the Supreme Court. It’s injustice,” NDTV quoted CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat as saying.
A day ago, when the panel found “no substance” in the allegations levelled against Gogoi, the woman had issued a press statement. “I am on 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 her statement.
She asserted that “gross injustice” had been done to her as a woman citizen of India and her “worst fears” had come true, and all hope of justice and redress from the highest Court of the land had 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”.
Sexual harassment allegations against the CJI came to light on April 20 when the former apex court staffer alleged that she was sexually harassed and was then sacked. She had also mentioned in her affidavit that she was continuously harassed until her termination which led to a frivolous FIR filed in March this year against her and her family.
The CJI had denied the allegations, and called it a ‘conspiracy to destabilise judiciary’.