CJI cites ‘criminal record’ of woman who has accused him of sexual harassment

NEW DELHI: Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, who held an extraordinary hearing in the Supreme Court on Saturday over allegations of sexual harassment against him, cited “criminal record” of the accuser during the proceedings.

The CJI, who along with Justices Arun Mishra and Sanjiv Khanna assembled to hear the matter which was described as of “great public importance touching upon the independence of judiciary”, said that the woman, a former Apex Court employee, had a criminal record and two FIRs were lodged against her.

In a letter addressed to 22 other Apex Court judges, the woman had said that she was a junior court assistant in the Apex Court. She said she had joined the service on May 1, 2014 and her service was terminated on December 21, 2018.

During the hearing, Justice Gogoi said when she was employed with the Apex Court, an FIR was pending against her.

“How can she become a Supreme Court staff when an FIR was pending against her?” the CJI said, adding that two criminal cases were also pending against her husband. (AGENCIES)