The Supreme Court today signaled its determination to get to the bottom of the claims by a lawyer who alleged there was a larger conspiracy to force Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi to resign and threaten every top court judge. “We shall enquire, enquire and enquire till we get to the root of the issue,” a three-judge bench said.
The court had first taken up lawyer Utsav Bains’ affidavit earlier in the day. The judges had then expressed concern at allegations leveled by the lawyer who claimed to have access to CCTV footage to back up some of his claims. The bench expressed its concern at the nature of the allegations and summoned chiefs of the intelligence bureau, probe agency CBI and Delhi Police for a meeting in their chambers at 12.30 pm.
When the court hearing resumed at 3 pm, the judges told Utsav Bains to file another affidavit after he claimed to have more incriminating evidence about the larger conspiracy against Chief Justice Gogoi.
“We will inquire and go to the root of alleged claims of fixers at work and manipulating the judiciary. If they continue to work then none of us will survive… Fixing has no role to play in the system. We will inquire and take it to the logical end,” said the bench led by Justice Arun Mishra and comprising justices Rohintan Fali Nariman and Deepak Gupta.
Arun Mishra asserted that if fixers continue to work and manipulate the judiciary as claimed, neither this institution nor any of “us” will not survive. The bench also clarified that there is no connection in the hearing of Bains’ claims of larger conspiracy and the in-house inquiry ordered into the sexual harassment allegations against CJI.