The three member in-house committee of the Supreme Court on Monday dismissed the charges of ‘sexual harassment’ lodged against the chief Justice of India Justice Ranjan Gogoi. An ex-employee of the apex court had moved the court to file a complaint against the CJI.
The in-house panel of the Supreme Court headed by Justice S A Bobde in a statement said it did not find any substance in the allegations of the dismissed employee against the CJI. Other judges on the bench include- Justice Indu Malhotra and Indira Banerjee.
When questioned about the report filed by the members, the panel said that the contents of the report- which was an in-house procedure cannot be made public according to the Supreme Court judgement in Indira Jaising’s case in 2003.
The Press release of the apex court read as “The in-house committee has found no substance in the allegations contained in the complaint dated 19.4.2019 of a former employee of the Supreme Court of India. Please take note of Indira Jaising Vs Supreme Court of India and Anr, (2003) 5 SCC 494, it has been held that the report of a committee constituted as part of the in-house procedure is not liable to be made public.”
The complainant had said in her complaint that she had worked at Gogoi’s home office and that he had made ‘sexual advances’ which she resisted. She claimed she was fired after that and her husband and brother-in-law who were working as constables in Delhi police department were subsequently suspended.
Reacting to the allegations of sexual harassment leveled against him the CJI Justice Ranjan Gogoi said it was unbelievable and that bigger forces are conspiring to malign the office of CJI. He said denying the allegations would be below his dignity of office.
The complainant withdrew from the probe as she alleged that she was denied the assistance of an advocate in the top court last week. The inquiry panel however proceeded with the probe “ex parte” and the CJI has appeared before the panel.