New Delhi: The former Supreme Court employee, who had accused Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi of sexual harassment won’t appear before the three-judge panel of the apex court probing the case. “I felt I was not likely to get justice from this committee and so I am no longer participating in the 3 Judge Committee proceedings,”the 35-year-old woman, said in a letter, a day after the panel, led by Justice SA Bobde, held its third in-chamber sitting on Monday.
The woman also alleged that she had been followed by motorcycles, after she came out of the in-house committee hearing. “After I left the first Committee hearing on the first day, I saw that the car I travelling by was being followed by two men on a motorcycle whose partial number I was able to note,” the woman wrote.
She added,”I was repeatedly asked by the committee as to why I had made this complaint of sexual harassment so late. I found the atmosphere of the committee very frightening and I was very nervous because of being confronted and questioned by three Supreme Court Judges and without even the presence of my lawyer/support person.”
Sexual harassment allegations had cropped up against the CJI on April 20 when a former apex court staffer alleged that she was sexually harassed and was then terminated from her post. The victim 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 denied the allegations, and called it a ‘conspiracy to destabilise judiciary’. Dismissing the allegations, Gogoi had said that he was hurt with the ‘baseless charges’ and that this was being leveled against him with an intention to malign his image.