Section 144 is imposed as massive protests erupted in the premises of the Supreme Court over the in-house committee giving a clean chit to the Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi in the sexual harassment case. Advocates and women activists protested the way the apex court had dealt with the sexual harassment case against the CJI.

Protestors thronged to Supreme Court in the morning and staged demonstrations condemning the decision of the in-house committee giving a clean chit to the CJI. Police allegedly used batons to move the protestors from the premises. Many of them claimed they were manhandled unnecessarily without giving an explanation.

The Delhi police PRO claimed the police have asked them to move to Jantar Mantar to protest by the protestors dominated by women did not heed the requests. The highly tensed situations forced the imposition of Section 144 in the area.

Reacting to the committee’s decision last evening the complainant said that her worst fears have come true and that she felt disappointed and dejected.

The in-house panel of the Supreme Court headed by Justice S A Bobde in a statement on Monday 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 Justice Indira Banerjee.

The committee was dealing with the case for the last 14 days. The complainant withdrew after two days of trial but the court proceeded with the case ‘ex parte’. The CJI had appeared before the committee.

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 the dignity of his office.

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