While the #MeToo movement had gained traction in India with actor Tanushree Dutta levelling allegations of sexual harassment against co-actor Nana Patekar, it brought down from office former minister of state for external affairs, M.J. Akbar after allegations of sexual misconduct levelled by several women journalists, came to light, last year. A public announcement to the media or a personal communique by the CJI would have been fully justified. The matter got listed as the first suo moto (civil) writ petition of 2019 under the case title: "Matter of Great Public Importance Touching upon the Independence of Judiciary - Mentioned by S-G Tushar Mehta". No way is this more evident than in Gogoi's inclusion in the special bench to consider her report. What happened on Saturday was a grave failure of due process. The matter hasn't ended yet, and there is sufficient time for the CJI and the Supreme Court to establish that it will act without fear or favour even though the highest of them has unfortunately been accused of inappropriate sexual behaviour. Then at around 10 am, a notice was issued for a special sitting at 10.30 am. The Supreme Court itself has an internal sub-committee under its Gender Sensitization and Sexual Harassment of Women at Supreme Court (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Guidelines, 2015.
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In an affidavit sent to 22 Supreme Court judges, the victim, a former junior court assistant, alleged that from October 12.
In its statement, the Women in Criminal Law Association said, "Even before the allegations properly came to light, the stated goal of the sitting sought to change the conversation".
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CJI Gogoi on Saturday denied the sexual harassment charges levelled against him, suggesting that vested interests were threatening the independence of the judiciary.
It says the employee was dismissed "as per procedure" after an incident of "inappropriate conduct".
A fresh plea was also filed in court by a Punjab based lawyer Utsav Bains seeking to place his views before the bench dealing with the allegations.
It is, therefore, essential that all well-meaning persons stand with the judicial institution when destabilizers get ready for an assault, he said.
Interestingly, Rao figures prominently in the 35-year-old former SC employee's allegations against the CJI. The Supreme Court can not be more concerned with upholding the power of those it houses than those it ostensibly protects. Two months later, on December 21, she was dismissed from service, the report added. But when pressed harder to divulge more details about the case, he declined to comment.