Supreme Court benches commenced 15 minutes late today

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22 Apr 2019

SC benches started hearings at 10:45 AM, 15 minutes late

On Monday, all benches of the Supreme Court commenced at 10:45 AM, 15 minutes past the actual time.

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, who is accused of sexual harassment by a former staffer, presided over the first court.

The bench included justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna, and business went on as usual with lawyers listing matters for urgent hearing.

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What happened

Delay in commencement led to speculations about a meeting

Delay in commencement led to speculations about a meeting

The delay in starting the proceedings led to speculations among lawyers that judges had a meeting.

On Saturday, after the allegations had surfaced, CJI led bench held an unprecedented hearing to dismiss them.

CJI Gogoi said the allegations were made to undermine the independent judiciary and left it to his brother judges to pass an order on the same.

Support

Meanwhile, Jaitley stood by CJI Gogoi

Notably, CJI Gogoi has garnered support from many, including Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

On his Facebook account, Jaitley said it was time to step up for judiciary and slammed "institutional disrupters" who lend a shoulder to unverified allegations.

"In terms of personal decency, values, ethics, and integrity, the present Chief Justice of India is extremely well regarded," he had written.

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Jaitley questioned why complainant distributed affidavits to SC judges

"Such complaints, when they are made in the ordinary course of any administrative functioning, are referred to the appropriate Committee. However, when the complainant distributes copies of her representation to other Judges of the Supreme Court and the media in order to sensationalize her allegations, it ceases to be routine," Jaitley wrote.

Allegations

Complainant had revealed the abuse affected her family too

Complainant had revealed the abuse affected her family too

To recall, the woman who accused CJI Gogoi of sexual misconduct worked as a former junior assistant at the SC.

She sent affidavits to 22 SC judges detailing the abuse in hope of getting justice. The complainant, who lost her job last year, claimed her family was tortured in the last few months.

Her husband and brother-in-law were sacked from jobs at Delhi police.

Details

CJI Gogoi touched me all over my body: Complainant

The alleged abuse dates back to October'18, when she worked at CJI Gogoi's home office. In her complaint, she wrote, "He hugged me around the waist, and touched me all over my body with his arms and by pressing his body against mine."

After she allegedly rebuffed CJI Gogoi, she was transferred thrice to different departments of SC.

Her behavior was questioned as well.

Statement

Meanwhile, SC Employees Welfare Association lent support to CJI Gogoi

Meanwhile, SC Employees Welfare Association lent support to CJI Gogoi

Despite the serious allegations, most have pledged support to CJI Gogoi. A short while ago, SC Employees Welfare Association condemned the "fabricated" claims.

"In this hour of time the entire staff is united and stand firmly with the Hon'ble Chief Justice of India to defeat the malicious attempt of external forces to target the Indian judiciary," their statement read.

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What are the allegations against CJI Ranjan Gogoi?

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CJI Ranjan Gogoi was accused of sexual harassment by a former staffer.

When did the alleged abuse happen?

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The staffer was allegedly abused in October last year when she worked at his home office.

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CJI Gogoi said the allegations were intended to harm the independence of the judiciary.

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