SC seeks response from lawyer on sexual conspiracy against CJI

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New Delhi: The apex court on Tuesday sought response from a lawyer who claimed that there was a conspiracy to make CJI Ranjan Gogoi to resign.

The lawyer also said the sexual harassment case was an attempt  to “frame him” in a false case.

A three-judge special bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra sought response from the lawyer Utsav Singh Bains in this regard.

The lawyer had claimed that he was also offered Rs 1.5 crore to represent a former apex court woman employee and arrange a presser against the CJI at the Press Club of India here.

The bench, which also comprised Justices R F Nariman and Deepak Gupta, has now fixed the case titled as a matter of “great public importance touching upon the independence of judiciary”, for hearing tomorrow at 10:30 AM.

The lawyer had filed an affidavit on Monday following the unprecedented hearing on Saturday during which the CJI had said a larger conspiracy was behind it.

The apex court had said independence of judiciary was under “very serious threat” and the sexual harassment levelled against the Chief Justice of India as some “bigger force” wanted to “deactivate” the office of the CJI.

The former employee has described two incidents of alleged molestation by Gogoi in her affidavit, both of which allegedly took place in October 2018, only days after Gogoi was appointed as the CJI.

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