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CJI Ranjan Gogoi courts controversy: Here's what experts have to say

Updated : April 24, 2019 11:50 PM IST

Stung by alleged claims of "fixers" at work and manipulating the top judiciary, the Supreme Court on Wednesday said it would "inquire, inquire and inquire" till it gets to root of whether sexual harassment allegations against CJI Ranjan Gogoi was part of a "larger conspiracy" to "frame" him.

On a day of dramatic developments when the chiefs of the CBI, IB and Delhi Police were also summoned to the court, a special bench took serious note of the sensational claims of advocate Utsav Singh Bains, who has filed an affidavit alleging "larger conspiracy" to frame the CJI.

After meeting the top officials, the bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra made it clear that it will "not tolerate" any nuisance. The bench hinted that the "very disturbing" episode which led to allegations of sexual harassment against Justice Gogoi may be a handiwork of some disgruntled employees and the complainant woman who was dismissed from service.

"We will inquire and go to the root of alleged claims of fixers at work and manipulating the judiciary. If they continue to work then none of us will survive," the bench, which also comprised Justices R F Nariman and Deepak Gupta, said.

"Fixing has no role to play in the system. We will inquire and take it to the logical end," the bench said, adding, "Are they thinking that they can fix judges? Should we keep our eyes close? The entire country will lose faith in the judiciary".

The court gave about 25 minutes time to directors of CBI, Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Delhi Police Commissioner to appear and meet the three judges of the bench in the chamber at 12.30 PM.

After meeting the three top officials, the bench again re-assembled at 3 PM and said the "fixing part" as alleged by the lawyer in his affidavit was a "matter of great concern" for the judiciary.

"He (Bains) says fixing is going on. The fixing part is a matter of great concern for this institution. Fixing is not known to this institution. If he is saying there are fixers, then we want to go to the root of the matter as to how this allegation of fixing has come? Who are these fixers? They have no role to play in the system. We are going to inquire, inquire and inquire and go deep into its root," it said.

To discuss this issue, CNBC-TV18's Shereen Bhan is joined by Flavia Agnes, lawyer & women's rights activist; Karuna Nundy, advocate, Supreme Court and Yatin Oza, senior advocate.

(With inputs from PTI)
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