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SC to issue order in case demanding probe into 'framing' of CJI at 1400 hrs

4/25/2019

New Delhi, The Supreme Court on Thursday reserved its order till 1400 hrs on allegations by a lawyer that there was a conspiracy to frame Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi on sexual harassment charges. Lawyer Bains has alleged that he was offered a hefty amount to help frame such allegations against the CJI. "We will pass the order at 1400 hrs today," the bench, led by Justice Arun Mishra, said after hearing Bains, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta and Attorney General (AG) K K Venugopal on the issue. During the hearing, Justice Mishra observed that this is a very serious issue.'We cannot be remote controlled by any force. We are anguished. This institution will not survive, if such kind of allegations are there,' Justice Mishra added. The court heard the arguments from AG, on if Bains can selectively disclose details to SC in a case of this magnitude. The AG told the SC that court has the power to summon documents. Justice Mishra raised concern over the way this institution was being treated for the last three to four years. Last week, a junior court assistant had sent written complaints to 22 judges alleging that she was sexually harassed by Chief Justice Gogoi in October, 2018.

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