The chief justice of India’s supreme court docket, Ranjan Gogoi, has denied allegations that he made undesirable sexual advances in the direction of a junior court docket assistant working from his residence and that she was subsequently victimised.
“That is unbelievable,” India’s strongest decide informed a particular listening to of the court docket he referred to as on Saturday so the allegations could possibly be addressed. “I mustn’t stoop low even in denying it.”
Gogoi stated the occasions confirmed that India’s judiciary was beneath “critical menace” and was being destabilised by a bigger conspiracy, with out elaborating.
“There may be some larger pressure behind the girl,” he stated.
The allegations, courting from October, have been carried in full by a number of main Indian on-line publications on Saturday.
The 35-year-old girl, whose id has not been publicly disclosed, despatched a letter to all 22 supreme court docket judges together with an affidavit detailing her allegations on Friday.
They included claims that she and her household have been victimised by a sequence of associated actions by the authorities, together with the termination of her employment, and the suspension of her husband and his brother from the Delhi police pressure.
She alleges one other brother of her husband had his supreme court docket job terminated and she or he confronted a “false and frivolous” bribery criticism, resulting in her arrest and subsequent bail.
“Me and my household’s victimisation is a consequence of my not agreeing to the sexual advances made by the chief justice of India, Justice Rangan Gogoi,” she stated within the letter.
Justice Arun Mishra, who joined Gogoi on the bench for the particular listening to, stated the allegations have been “wild and baseless”.
The court docket requested the media to point out restraint in overlaying the case to keep away from undermining the status and independence of the judiciary, although it determined to not subject a gag order.