"Judiciary Under Threat": Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi Denies Sex Harassment Allegation

Ranjan Gogoi

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi accused of sexual harassment

"Me and my family's victimisation is a outcome of my not agreeing to the sexual advances made by the Chief Justice of India, Justice Rangan Gogoi", she said in the letter to the judges.

The former employee of the Supreme Court of India accused Gogoi of sexual harassment and persecution and sent copies of a sworn affidavit to the residences of 22 Supreme Court judges on Friday.

"There is some bigger force behind the woman who made sexual harassment charges".

Gogoi said, "Independence of judiciary is under serious threat, very hurt with the allegations being levelled". In the wake of this shocking allegation, the Supreme Court of India assembled a special judges' bench on Saturday (April 20), which CJI Gogoi was also a part of. "She told him that the employment will take more time and he should not visit her in the Supreme Court and threatened him to implicate in some false case", the police said in the plea.

Dictating the order, Justice Mishra said, having considered the matter, the bench refrain from passing any judicial order at this moment, leaving it to the wisdom of the media to show restraint, act responsibly as is expected from them.

"I have Rs. 6.8 lakh in my account".

The lady had worked as a junior assistant in the home of the CJI and was dismissed from service previous year after an incident of inappropriate behaviour was reported to the registry. No one can catch me on money.

In her letter, she has requested the judges of the Supreme Court to "constitute a special enquiry committee of senior retired judges to enquire" into these charges. "I have communicated with four media houses, which have published stories against me", he added. "This is pathetic", adding that if such conditions prevailed then good people would not become judges. "I say that the CJI has misused his position, office and authority and abused his clout and power to influence the police", she writes. "I had to tell this from the judicial seat", CJI Gogoi reportedly said in his defence citing that he had less than ten hours to present his defence.

"He hugged me around the waist, and touched me all over my body with his arms and by pressing his body against mine, and did not let go", she wrote in the affidavit seen by AFP.

The apex court has termed the meeting as "a matter of great public importance". "The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) and that of the Chief Justice of India". She and her husband had gone to their ancestral village in Rajasthan in March, from where the Delhi police took them for questioning her in a two-year-old "cheating case" involving Rs 50,000 that she had allegedly taken from someone with a promise of giving them a job.

The 64-year-old called a special session of the country's highest court and said it was below his dignity to deny the allegations, which he said were provoked by "bigger forces".

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