CJI Ranjan Gogoi Sexual Harassment Case: Judges Raise Questions Over Hearing Without Victim

Guwahati, May 5, 2019

The sexual harassment case against Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi has taken a new turn after Justice DY Chandrachud has reportedly asked the in-house panel probing the sexual allegations not to proceed with the inquiry ex-parte.

The judges of the Supreme Court Justice Chandrachud and Justice Nariman on May 4th, 2019 told an in-house probe committee comprising Justices SA Bobde, Indu Malhotra and Indira Banerjee that a probe in the CJI sexual harassment case was not right without the inclusion of complainant. Both the judges said that the one-sided hearing will affect the image of the Supreme Court.

CJI Gogoi has been accused of sexual assault by a former officer who worked as a junior assistant at the  Supreme Court between May 2014 and December 2018.

Fifth in seniority among the judges of the Supreme Court, Justice Nariman suggested either to allow the complainant to have a lawyer or appoint an amicus curiae for the probe.