Sexual harassment charges against CJI: Supreme Court sees ‘conspiracy to destabilise it’

In a move that has few precedents, the Supreme Court on Saturday convened an emergency special session where it Though the court refrained from passing any judicial order, a three-member bench comprising Gogoi himself said it hoped the media would ensure the independence of judiciary was not affected by such Sitting with Justices Arun Mishra and Sanjiv Khanna, the CJI termed the allegations against him as a there has to be bigger force behind this and they want to deactivate office of Chief Justice On Friday, a 35-year-old former junior court assistant at the Supreme Court had alleged that Gogoi had sexually harassed her at his home office in October 2018. The woman had written to 22 Supreme Court judges and requested them to constitute a special inquiry committee of its retired judges to inquire into the He clarified that he would preside over the CJI court and discharge his judicial functions without any fear. We will not allow this to happen. I will decide the cases in the seven months (of his remaining tenure as the CJI). I will do that, The CJI said the allegations had cropped up as he was scheduled to hear Though the CJI headed the bench, he left it to Justice Mishra to take a call on passing a judicial order. Agreeing with the CJI, Mishra also said, If such unscrupulous, scandalous allegations are raised, how will courts function? Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta said the allegations appeared to be a blackmail technique. Gogoi was one of the four In a strongly worded letter signed by them against the then CJI Dipak Misra, they had accused him of selectively placing sensitive matters before preferred benches. Gogoi further said: This is unbelievable. I dont think I should stoop low even to deny these allegations. Nobody can catch me on money, people have to find something and they have found this This is the reward a CJI gets after 20 years of selfless service, the CJI, who was heading the three-judge bench, said during the hearing. He made it clear that he had a bank balance of Rs 6.80 lakh apart from around Rs 40 lakh in provident fund, after being in service for around two decades. Also read: The top court said that the media should not publish the woman It said further judicial orders would be passed at a later stage. The office of the Supreme Court Secretary General had earlier in the day denied the charges against CJI, terming them