Women lawyers, activists protest outside the Supreme Court

Many women lawyers and activists were among protesters outside the Supreme Court today questioning the clean chit given to Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi in a sexual harassment case a day ago.As it is not allowed to gather outside the apex court for any kind of demonstration, the Delhi Police detained the protesters and imposed CrPC Section 144 in the area to prevent further escalation.

This comes after the three-judge top court panel headed by Justice S.A. Bobde found no substance in the sexual harassment allegations levelled by a former apex court employee against Chief Justice Gogoi.

The protesters came out openly in favour of the complainant, who on April 30, had accused the CJI of sexually harassing her, and had said that she would no longer appear before the in-house panel set up by the apex court to probe her charges as she felt that she was “not likely to get justice”.

The former employee of the Supreme Court said she felt “quite intimidated and nervous” in the presence of the three Supreme Court judges.

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