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Bar council seeks full court probe into sexual harassment case against CJI Gogoi

  • Bar council and lawyers association condemn the proceedings held by CJI against the sexual harassment case filed against his own self
  • Both the bodies pass resolutions in light of the sexual harassment complaint filed by an ex-employee and junior staff officer of the Chief Justice Gogoi

The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) passed a resolution on Monday evening vide its executive committee requesting for a full court of the Supreme Court to take necessary actions with respect to sexual harassment complaint filed against Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi.

The executive committee of the SCBA held an emergent meeting on Monday and has resolved against the procedures for conducting court proceedings on 20.04.2019. It held that such a proceeding is in "violation of procedure established by law as well as principles of natural Justice."

Interestingly, the SCBA resolution followed up after the resolution was passed by the Supreme Court Advocates on Record Association (SC AoR). SC AoR had earlier in the day also passed a resolution condemning the suo-moto proceedings held by CJI against the sexual harassment case filed against his own self.

The resolution of SC AoR seeks, “immediate Constitution of a committee by full court of Supreme Court to impartially investigate and inquire into the allegations made against the Hon'ble Mr.Justice Ranjan Gogoi, and give independent finding into the matter."

These resolutions are passed in the light of the sexual harassment complaint filed by an ex-employee and junior staff officer of the Chief Justice Gogoi. The complaint was addressed to the judges of the Supreme Court and requests for "a constitution of a special enquiry committee of senior retired judges of Supreme Court to enquire into these charges if sexual harassment and consequent victimisation."

Monday morning all the courts started late by 18 minutes. It is specualted that there was a full court meeting of the Supreme Court Justices, though nobody has assured the details of the meeting. Now, with the Bar coming together to condemn the Chief Justice it is intriguing to see the reaction of the Bench to the Bar.


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