A former SC staffer on Thursday had levied sexual harassment allegations against CJI Ranjan Gogoi, station that he covered her waist and moved his arms all over her body and did not let go. The Staffer also alleged that her and her family were victimised and suffered as a result.
CJI however, has denied the allegations and called it a ‘conspiracy against judiciary’. He claims innocence.
On Saturday morning, SC bench of CJI Ranjan Gogoi, Justices Arun Mishra and Sanjiv Khanna announced that it would hear a “matter of great public importance”, mentioned by solicitor general Tushar Mehta.
The CJI during the hearing said there was a larger conspiracy to destabilise the judiciary which has remained independent. “There is some bigger force behind the woman, with a criminal track record, making sexual harassment charges (against him)”, said the CJI.
CJI Gogoi said that after 20 years of selfless service in judiciary he has a bank balance of Rs 6.80 lakh and Rs 40 lakh in his provident fund. “As the forces did not find anything against me, they have used this unscrupulous woman to level charges against me,” said the CJI.
Speculating the reasons behind the allegations, CJI Gogoi said that as he was to hear important cases next week and this was an attempt to dissuade him from hearing the important matters.
The accuser hasnt filed a formal complaint. Whether the SC or the Government will take action is unknown yet.