Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi: All you need to know about the tough judge
Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has been accused of sexual harassment by a Supreme Court staffer.
According to the news website Scroll, a former Supreme Court woman employee accused CJI Ranjan Gogoi of sexually harassing at his residence office in October 2018.
The 35-year-old woman explained her ordeal in a letter written to 22 Supreme Court judges on April 19.
Chief Justice Gogoi, however, denied the allegations. He held an unprecedented weekend hearing to discuss a "matter of great public importance" regarding the independence of judiciary.
CJI Ranjan Gogoi denied the allegations, saying that he did not deem it appropriate to reply to them.
"All I would like to say is this, undoubtedly every employees are treated fairly and decently. This employee was there for a month and half. Allegations came and I didn't deem it appropriate to reply to the allegations" said CJI Gogoi at the weekend hearing.
But who is Justice Ranjan Gogoi?
Justice Ranjan Gogoi was sworn in as the 46th Chief Justice of India in October 2018.
Appointed for a 13-month stint, he took over the position from Justice Dipak Mishra.
Born in Assam in 1954, Justice Ranjan Gogoi became the first person from the Northeast to be appointed as the Chief Justice of India.
His father Keshab Chandra Gogoi is a former chief minister of Assam.
Justice Ranjan Gogoi is known to be a tough judge. He has heard several landmark cases, such as the National Register of Citizen's case. It was by the orders of Justice Gogoi that the controversial NRC for Assam is being prepared.
Justice Ranjan Gogoi has be seen as judge who is steadfast in protecting the sanctity of the Supreme Court. He grabbed the nation's attention, when he alongwith three other senior-most SC judges held a press conference to protest the inner workings of the Supreme Court.
He even went on to hold former colleagues Justice CS Karnan and Justice Markandey Katju in contempt for their comments on the apex court.
CJI Gogoi is one of only 11 out of 25 sitting judges in the Supreme Court who have made public details of their assets and financial holdings on the court website.