New Delhi: The Supreme Court has reinstated in service a woman staffer who has raised sexual misconduct allegations against the former Cheif Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi.
The woman who joined the Supreme Court in May 2014, has claimed victimisation for resisting unwelcome advances when she was posted at the residence office of the former CJI Gogoi in October 2018. She claimed that she was later transferred and terminated from the service. An inquiry into her complaint by an In House Committee, comprising Justices S A Bobde (the current CJI), Indu Malhotra and Indira Banerjee, had, however, "found no substance" in her charges and given a clean chit to the former CJI.
"The In-House Committee has found no substance in the allegations contained in the Complaint dated 19.4.2019 of a former employee of the Supreme Court of India" a May 6, 2019 notice by the office of the Supreme Court Secretary General has said. It also said that "in case of Indira Jaising v/s Supreme Court of India and others.(2003) 5 SCC 494, 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The woman staffer who had withdrawn from the proceedings of the inquiry committee on the ground that she was not allowed legal representation, has expressed dissapointment over the findings. Soon after the controversy erupted in April 2019, the office of the Supreme Court Secretary General had, in a statement, "denied" the charges, calling them "absolutely false and scurrilous".
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