International Desk: The Supreme Court of India on Saturday morning constituted a special bench on the “independence of the judiciary”, to sit immediately to address a matter of “great public importance”.
A bench consisting of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Sanjiv Khanna sat at 10.30 am in the chief justice’s court.
Attorney General KK Venugopal, Tushar Mehta, the president of the Bar Association and others were present in court.
As the hearing began, Gogoi said he had received communications from four media houses.
In about a letter from a former court employee alleging that Gogoi had harassed her, reported LiveLaw.
He said he did not “deem it appropriate” to reply to the allegations and that the employee had only been at the court for one-and-a-half months.
The lady has a criminal background, LiveLaw quoted Gogoi as saying. He added that there were two cases against her, and claimed that her allegations were part of a “bigger plot”, possibly one to “deactivate the office of the CJI”.
Gogoi claimed that the judiciary was under serious threat but that the matter would be considered by senior judges of the court. The judges said an appropriate bench would hear the charges against Gogoi.
The chief justice claimed that no judge would decide cases if “this is the kind of attack we get”. “Reputation is the only thing we have,” LiveLaw reported him as saying. He said that the woman’s harassment charges had come up the week before he had to hear “important cases” and that it was an attempt to dissuade him from hearing those matters.
risingbd/Dhaka/April 20, 2019/AKA