NEW DELHI :
A Supreme Court special bench hearing sexual harassment charges against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Wednesday summoned Central Bureau of Investigation Director, Delhi Police Commissioner and the Intelligence Bureau chief to examine issues of judicial corruption and alleged attempts to frame Gogoi in the case.
A three-judge bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra, Rohintan Fali Nariman, and Deepak Gupta has summoned the heads of the three institutions at 12.30 pm, and said deliberations with them will take place inside the judges' chamber.
The bench will sit again at 3 pm to issue directions in the matter.
The bench on Tuesday issued notice to Advocate Utsav Bains who alleged that he was asked to 'frame' the CJI. The matter was taken up today.
The three-judge bench had asked Bains to explain and clarify his claim that he knew the chain of events that led to charges of sexual harassment against Gogoi. Bains claims he was offered Rs. 1.5 crore to “frame" Justice Gogoi.
Bains, summoned by the apex court today, submitted material evidence in a sealed envelope. The bench scrutinised the documents and observed that the evidence was serious and hence summoned top enforcement officials.
The bench also said none of the submitted evidence will be revealed as of now as “we don't want any evidence to be removed or tampered with."
The bench clarified that panel comprising of Justices S.A. Bobde, N.V. Ramana, and Indira Banerjee is independent and the enquiries being made by the panel are independent.
Attorney General K.K. Venogopal, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, Senior Advocate Indira Jaisingh, Supreme Court Bar Association President Rakesh Khanna among other important advocates were present in court room no.4 where the special bench was hearing Bains’ affidavit.
Suo motu proceedings were initiated by the Supreme Court in the wake of sexual harassment allegations against Gogoi. The allegations by a woman, who had worked at Justice Gogoi’s home office in Delhi, date back to October last year.