In-house probe panel gives clean chit to CJI

The in-house inquiry committee of the Supreme Court headed by Justice S.A. Bobde “has found no substance” in the allegations of sexual misconduct levelled against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi by a former woman employee of the apex court.

Practically giving `clean chit’ to Justice Gogoi, today it has given its report to the Court.  A notice by the office of Supreme Court secretary-general also said the report of the committee constituted as part of the in-house procedure is not liable to be made public. “The in-house committee has found no substance in the allegations contained in the complaint dated 19.04.2019 of a former employee of the Supreme Court of India.”

A three-judge in-house Committee of the Supreme Court on Monday gave a clean chit to Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi in the sexual harassment complaint allegation levelled against him by a former court staffer who said she was not just highly disappointed and dejected but felt “gross injustice” has been done to her.

“Please take note that in case of Indira Jaising vs. Supreme Court of India and Anr file SCC494, it has been held that the Report of a Committee constituted as a part of the In-House procedure is not liable to be made public,” the Supreme Court Secretary-General said in a notice.

The notice also said that the Committee submitted its report on Sunday in accordance with the In-House procedure to the next senior most judge competent to receive the report and also sent a copy to the judge concerned namely the Chief Justice of India. Reacting strongly to the clean chit given to the CJI, the woman complainant said she would consult a lawyer and decide on the next step. “Today, I am at the verge of losing faith in the idea of justice.”

“I, the woman complainant, a former SC employee, am not just highly disappointed and dejected to learn that the in-house committee ‘has found no substance’ in my complaint, but feel that gross injustice has been done to me as a woman citizen of India,” she said.

“I am now extremely scared and terrified because the in-house committee, despite having all material placed before them, has given me no justice or protection and said nothing about the absolutely malafide dismissals and suspensions, indignities and humiliations suffered by me and my family. I and my family members remain vulnerable to the ongoing reprisals and attack,” she added.

The in-house inquiry committee has submitted its report on May 5, 2019, in accordance with the in-house procedure, to the next senior judge, after Justice Bobde who is competent to receive the report and also sent a copy to the judge concerned, that is the Chief Justice of India, it said.

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