United Hindu Front Protest in Delhi against sexual harassment allegations on CJI Gogoi

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New Delhi, (29/4/2019): United Hindu Front members under the leadership of Jai Bhagwan Goyal, National President, today protested against the ongoing allegations imposed on the Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi. They demanded an intervention of President Ramnath Kovind into the matter.

The members of United Hindu Front showed disgrace with the people who are questioning the working of CJI and accusing him of sexual harassment.

While talking to Ten News, Bhagwan Goyal said, “we are here because of attack on our Judiciary, our Chief Justice. Some people are attacking and questioning the working of our Judiciary, the allegation of Sexual harassment published on some news portals last days shows that there is some power controlling them and forcing them to highlight these false accusations made by some mischeivious people, who wants to malign the image of CJI”.

“We demand from the President Ramnath Kovind to intervene in the matter and take action against the people who are framing our Chief Justice in false case and imposing false allegations on him”.

A former court staffer accused Chief Justice Gogoi of sexual harassment and then abuse of power, with claims that, after she rebuffed the judge’s advances, she and a number of other family members lost their government jobs. The woman put all of the details of her ordeal in an affidavit which was sent to 22 judges of the Supreme Court, aside from Gogoi, demanding a committee of senior retired judges be set up to inquire into them.

Apparently with the consent of a full-court meeting, however, an administrative inquiry was set up with three current members of the court: Justices SA Bobde, NV Ramana and Indira Banerjee.

Chief Justice himself assembled the “special hearing” on a matter of “great public importance touching upon the independence of the judiciary”, all the judges on the bench included Gogoi himself called the allegations “wild and scandalous” and baseless. The Secretary General of the Supreme Court also earlier that day sent a statement to media organisations calling the charges “scurillous”.

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