Guwahati, April 23, 2019
The Supreme Court on April 23rd, 2019 has issued a notice to advocate Utsav Bains for his affidavit claiming that the allegations of sexual harassment against Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi are a conspiracy to frame him. The apex court will hear the matter on April 24th, 2019.
The Supreme Court served notice to Bains and asked him to clarify and explain paras 17 and 18 of his affidavit where he had claimed of being a witness of a chain of events and names who were involved in framing the CJI in the case, as reported by Bar & Bench.
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.
It may be mentioned, soon after the news broke out of sexual allegations against the CJI, a special bench was immediately convened to look into the matter of grave public importance touching upon the independence of the judiciary. This Special Bench had comprised CJI Ranjan Gogoi along with Justices Arun Mishra and Sanjiv Khanna.
Later, a new bench was convened comprising of Justices Arun Mishra, Rohinton Nariman and Deepak Gupta are hearing the matter.