Independence of judiciary under ‘severe’ threat: CJI Ranjan Gogoi

New Delhi: Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi on Saturday rejected the sexual harassment allegations levelled against him by a former Supreme Court employee. At a special Supreme Court hearing on Saturday morning, CJI Ranjan Gogoi said the charges were part of a “larger conspiracy to destabilise the judiciary”. “This is unbelievable,” an unfazed Ranjan Gogoi said.

CJI Ranjan Gogoi also said that he did not deem it appropriate to reply to the allegations.

The apex court, which held the hearing for around 30 minutes, said the independence of the judiciary was under “very serious threat” and “unscrupulous allegations” have been levelled against the Chief Justice of India as some “bigger force” wanted to “deactivate” the office of the CJI.

Denying the sexual harassment charges, CJI Ranjan Gogoi said he does not think he should “stoop low even to deny the allegations” that have been levelled against him.

“This lady has a criminal background. There are two FIRs against her. How did she enter the Supreme Court service when there was a criminal case pending?” Ranjan Gogoi asked. He also said that he would inquire with the Delhi Police on how the woman, who has levelled sexual harassment charges against him, was given a clean chit. He also questioned such woman finding employment in the SC.

CJI Ranjan Gogoi has alleged that there was a larger conspiracy to destabilise and deactivate the office of the Chief Justice of India. He said, “I don’t think this [the woman] can be a dismissed employee of the Supreme Court. This has to be a bigger issue.”

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