Independence of judiciary under ‘severe’ threat: CJI on sexual harassment allegations

At an emergency special session of the Supreme Court Saturday, a bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi expressed serious displeasure over allegations of sexual harassment in reports in some online portals against the CJI himself and called it an attempt to undermine the independence of the judiciary.

At the session which was convened at 10.39 am, hours after some news portals reported on the allegations by a former staffer, the CJI sitting with Justices Arun Mishra and Sanjiv Khanna said: “This is unbelievable. I should not stoop low even in denying it.”…

The CJI said that an attempt was being made to undermine the judiciary and to “deactivate” the office of the CJI by levelling the allegations and added “the judiciary is under very serious threat”. The CJI said all that was happening was because there were important matters coming up for the consideration of the court next week.…


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