Charges Against CJI: SC Asks IB, CBI, Delhi Police to Look into Evidence Given

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NEW DELHI — The Supreme Court on Wednesday called the Directors of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Delhi Police Commissioner to look into the material furnished by lawyer Utsav Bains in support of his allegations in the framing of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi in a false sexual harassment case.

A bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra, Rohinton Fali Nariman, and Deepak Gupta will meet all the three officers.

“It is something very serious and disturbing with regard to independence of judiciary,” the bench said after going through the materials furnished by an advocate, Utsav Singh Bains.

During the brief hearing, Bains gave a sealed envelope which contained what the court said “something very serious”.

After receiving the affidavit (submitted by Advocate Bains in a sealed cover), Justice Gupta said: “We are not disclosing anything about the affidavit. Very serious issues have been raised.”

The bench perused the materials handed over by Bains and observed that the matter was serious.

“CJI Gogoi was trying to clean up the system. No CJI has shown the courage to take action against certain elements. He was acting without fear of anyone”, Justice Mishra said, expressing solidarity with the CJI.

When senior counsel Indira Jaising wanted to address the court on the harassment aspect of the “episode”, Justice Mishra said: “We should be more concerned with the contents of the affidavit than anything else.”

To Jaising’s argument that she was referring to a parallel inquiry and did not know the contents related to the conspiracy into the issue before the court, Justice Mishra said that the proceedings of the court were being disturbed.

Referring to a “very disturbing episode” where two court masters had to be sacked for changing the order of the court on the personal appearance of a corporate tycoon, Justice Mishra said: “This has been happening but no Chief Justice had the courage to take such action. But no action was being taken without fear.”

On finding that advocate Bains had not been provided with security as per its Tuesday order, the court directed that he be given security cover till further orders.

When Bains told the court that he wanted to file another affidavit on a critical piece of information that he was working on, Justice Mishra told him to write it in the affidavit with his hand or type it himself to ensure secrecy.

In a separate decision, a committee of senior-most judges, Justice S A Bobde, Justice N V Ramana and Justice Indira Banerjee was formed to conduct in-house inquiry into charges made by an ex-woman employee against the CJI, according to reports.

(With inputs from IANS)

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