Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi accused of sexual harassment

Last Updated: Sat, Apr 20, 2019 11:39 hrs
Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi

New Delhi: A 35-year-old woman who worked as a junior court assistant at the Supreme Court of India wrote to 22 judges of the court on Friday, alleging that Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi made sexual advances on her.

The woman had also alleged that Gogoi made sexual advances on her while they were at his residence office on 10 and 11 October, last year.

In the affidavit, the woman said after she rebuffed the Chief Justice of India, she was moved out of his residence office, where she had been posted in August 2018. Two months later, on December 21, she was dismissed from service. One of the three grounds for dismissal, as detailed in the inquiry report, was that she had taken casual leave for one day without approval.

Two months after she was moved, she was dismissed from service in December. One of the three grounds for dismissal, as detailed in the inquiry report, was that she had taken a casual leave of one day without approval.

The harassment did not stop at her dismissal, the former junior court assistant has alleged in the affidavit. It engulfed her entire family, she claimed. Her husband and brother-in-law, both of whom are head constables in Delhi Police, were suspended on 28 December 2018, the affidavit alleged. This was regarding a case involving a colony dispute dating back to 2012 that had been mutually resolved, it added.

On March 9, the former junior court assistant and her husband were at their ancestral village in Rajasthan, when a team of Delhi police showed up, wanting to take them back for questioning in a case based on a cheating complaint against her. The allegation was that she had taken Rs 50,000 from the complainant in 2017, promising to secure a job for him in the Supreme Court, but had failed to keep her word.

The next day, not only were she and her husband detained at the Tilak Marg police station, so were her brother-in-law, his wife and a male relative, the affidavit stated. The affidavit alleges that they were subjected to verbal and physical abuse, their hands and legs were cuffed, and they were denied food and water for nearly 24 hours.

Reacting to the allegation during the sitting, CJI Gogoi said, “All I would like to say is this, undoubtedly every employees are treated fairly and decently. This employee was there for a month-and-a-half. Allegations came and I didn't deem it appropriate to reply to the allegations,” he said.