(Photo: Hindustan Times)
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Patiala House court adjourns plea for cancellation of bail of the woman who has alleged sexual harassment against the CJ

  • Naveen Kumar has alleged that the former top court employee had cheated him of 50,000
  • The police sought cancellation of the bail granted to the woman on March 12

NEW DELHI : The Patiala House court on Saturday has adjourned the hearing on the police plea to cancel the bail of a former woman Supreme Court employee who has accused Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi of sexual harassment in a cheating and criminal intimidation case on April 24. The police sought cancellation of the bail granted to the woman on March 12, after the complainant had claimed that he was being threatened by the other staffers at Supreme Court. An FIR for the alleged offences of cheating(section 420), criminal intimidation(section 506) and criminal conspiracy(section 120B) under the Indian Penal Code 1860 was lodged against the woman on March 3, after a complaint was filed by Naveen Kumar, a Haryana resident, at the Tilak Marg Police Station here.

Naveen Kumar has alleged that the former top court employee had cheated him of 50,000, which he claimed she took as part of a bribe while promising him a job at the Supreme Court. He had claimed that in June 2017, he met the woman through a common friend, Mansha Ram, regarding his employment and she had told him she was a personal assistant of a judge in the Supreme Court and her husband was also an officer. Kumar said the woman had claimed that she has good contacts and can get him employed as process server or as a class-IV employee in the Supreme Court in about one-and-a-half month time, and for this she allegedly demanded 10 lakh from him. "On her inducement, the complainant paid an advance of 50,000 to her in cash in the presence of Ram in the Supreme Court complex. Till three months, he did not receive any information regarding his employment. Thereafter, he along with Ram again met the woman at Supreme Court complex. She told him that the employment will take more time and he should not visit her in the Supreme Court and threatened him to implicate in some false case," the police said in the plea.

The matter will be heard by Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Manish Khurana.

It is important to mention that the employee worked as a junior assistant in the Chief Justice's office in December 2018. She has submitted an affidavit in the Supreme Court alleging that she was sexually assaulted by the Chief Justice and her services were terminated arbitrarily. She further alleged that she had been facing harassment since the time her services had been terminated. The Supreme Court held a special hearing for this on Saturday.

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