3-judge panel will look into sexual harassment charge against CJI: SC
New Delhi: The Supreme Court (SC) has instituted an in-house inquiry committee of three sitting judges to look into the allegations of sexual harassment made against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi by a former employee of the court who also worked in his home office.
Justices S A Bobde, N V Ramana and Indira Banerjee will be on the committee that was approved by a full court on the administrative side. This inquiry will be in the nature of a departmental inquiry and not a judicial inquiry. It will start on Friday afternoon.
“I decided to have Justice Ramana in the panel as he is next to me in the seniority and Justice Banerjee as she is a woman judge,” Hindustan Times reported Justice Bobde’s response. He said he has already issued a notice to the woman who had written letters to the judges and sworn on affidavit about the alleged sexual harassment.
Justice Bobde is the most senior judge in the apex court after CJI Gogoi who is slated to succeed him in November. Justice Ramana is the second senior after Justice Bobde and shall follow him as CJI. Justice Banerjee is one of the three women judges in the Supreme Court.