Complaint objects Justice Ramana’s presence in SC panel

The complaint, who made allegations of sexual harassment against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, has strongly objected presence of Justice NV Ramana in the three-member in-house committee, constituted to probe allegations.

Earlier, three-judge panel comprising of Justice SA Bobde, NV Ramana and Indira Banerjee was constituted to probe the allegations. However, the complaint wrote to members of the panel seeking the recusal of Justice Ramana for a fair inquiry.

“I was posted in the CJI’s residence office. I know that Justice Ramana is a close friend of the CJI and is like a family member to him. He is a frequent visitor to the residence of the CJI. Because of this, I fear that my affidavit and evidence will not receive an objective and fair hearing,” the four page letter stated.

It went on to state that according to Visakha guidelines put forth by the Supreme Court, the inquiry committee looking into such allegations must have a majority of women. Justice Banerjee is the only woman on the present panel.

She also requested the committee to allow her to be accompanied by a lawyer and a support person of her choice during the hearings and has also requested that the proceedings of the committee be video recorded and that a copy of the recording be provided to her so there can be no dispute about what transpired.

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