India Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi Accused Of Sexual Harassment

Aman Sethi
Ranjan Gogoi, Chief Justice of India, in a file photo.

NEW DELHI — A junior court assistant has accused Ranjan Gogoi, the Chief Justice of India, of sexually harassing her, and using his influence as the senior-most judge in the country to terminate her employment at the Supreme Court, and have her imprisoned under false pretexts when she refused his advances.

Her husband and one brother-in-law have been suspended from their positions as head constables in the Delhi police, while another brother-in-law has been terminated from his position as a junior court attendant — a job that Gogoi allegedly granted using his discretionary powers.

These allegations were first made public by four news websites TheWire.in, Scroll.in, Caravan and Leaflet, who published their reports this morning, on April 20, 2019.

Soon after these stories were published, a special bench of the Supreme Court consisting of Chief Justice Gogoi, Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Sanjiv Khanna was constituted on Saturday morning to dismiss the allegations as baseless. The judges, however, stopped short of passing a gag order on reporting the story.

“Independence of judiciary is under very very serious threat. I had to tell this from the judicial seat,” Chief Justice Gogoi said in remarks reported by legal news service Bar & Bench

 CJI Gogoi described the allegations as “unbelievable”. 

“I should not stoop low in even denying it,” he said.

HuffPost India has written to Justice Gogoi for comment, and will update this story when he responds. Separately, the four news websites that first published the story have carried denials by the Secretary General of the Supreme Court.

 In his denial to Scroll.in, the Secretary General described the...

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