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2 lawyers’ bodies disapprove of CJI handling of allegations

PTI
Published : Apr 23, 2019, 1:42 am IST
Updated : Apr 23, 2019, 6:04 am IST

The allegations by the woman, who had worked at Justice Gogoi’s home office in Delhi, dates back to October last year.

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi  (Photo: PTI)
 Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: Two lawyers’ bodies of the Supreme Court on Monday disapproved of  the manner in which Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi dealt with the sexual harassment allegations against him, calling it “procedural impropriety” and “violation” of procedures.

As the apex court reassembled after the weekend recess in the backdrop of the stunning allegations by a former court staffer, the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) and the Supreme Court Advocates on Record Association (SCAORA) urged the Full Court  to take all such necessary steps as may be required in law to deal with the charges.

The allegations cropped up against Justice Gogoi on Saturday prompting him to convene an urgent extraordinary hearing by a three-member bench headed by him during which he asserted that the charges against him were “unbelievable”.

The allegations by the woman, who had worked at Justice Gogoi’s home office in Delhi, dates back to October last year, days after he was appointed the CJI.

After an emergent meeting of its executive committee, the SCBA said in a statement that without prejudice to any enquiry which may be initiated the full court should collate all the materials and facts with regard to the allegations from electronic, print, social media and other available sources for consideration at its next meeting.

“The executive committee has resolved that procedure adopted for conducting the court proceedings on April 20 in the matter of allegations made by ex-employee of the Supreme Court against the Chief Justice of India is in violation of procedure established by law as well as principles of natural justice,” SCBA Secretary Vikrant Yadav said. In a resolution, the SCAORA, the top court lawyers’ body, said in a resolution that the allegations against the CJI have to be dealt with as per the established procedure. The Supreme Court Employees Welfare Association on its part came out in support of Justice Gogoi, claiming that the allegations were “false and fabricated”.

The association, in a resolution, said it strongly condemned the “false, fabricated and baseless allegations” against the CJI which is aimed at maligning the institution of judiciary. “The Supreme Court Employees Welfare Association on behalf of all the employees strongly condemns the false, fabricated and baseless allegations against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi,” it said.

The SCAORA, which is a body of lawyers comprising advocates empowered by the apex court to file pleadings on behalf of parties in the top court, sought immediate appointment of a committee headed by full court of the apex court to impartially investigate the allegations.

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