Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi denies harassment allegations

The Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi denied allegations of sexual harassment and said the independence of the judiciary is “under threat” and it “cannot be made a scapegoat”.

A special bench in the Supreme Court called an emergency hearing after a former employee of the top court, in an affidavit to several Supreme Court judges alleged that she was sexually harassed by the  chief justice.

Strangely, the chief justice was heading the three judge bench. The Chief Justice said, “This is unbelievable. I don’t think I should stoop low even to deny these allegations.” Chief Justice Gogoi added that he will not pass any orders and the senior most judge Arun Mishra will dictate the order.

Mr. Ranjan Gogoi alleged a conspiracy behind the allegations and said, “There has to be bigger force behind this, they want to deactivate office of Chief Justice. “I will sit on this chair and discharge my judicial functions without any fear. Things have gone too far. Judiciary cannot be made a scapegoat.”

He added that there is no corruption case against him and people had to find a case against him so they found this. He asked, “After 20 years of selfless service as judge, I have bank balance of INR₹ 6.80 lakh. My peon has more money than that… Is this a reward the Chief Justice gets after 20 years.”

The Chief Justice said the woman who made the allegations against him has a criminal background and that there are two police cases against her. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said the allegations appear to be a blackmail technique.

 Source : Various