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SC on conspiracy against CJI Ranjan Gogoi: Rich and mighty people can't run this court

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 25 April 2019, 13:09 IST

The Supreme Court while hearing a plea alleging the sexual harassment allegations against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Thursday said that there has been a systematic attack on the institution in the last three-four years. The top court was hearing advocate Utsav Bain’s plea alleging the case against the Ranjan Gogoi are part of a larger conspiracy by fixers and plotters to frame him.

Asserting that the powerful people can’t and will not be allowed to run the top court, a three-judge bench led by Justice Arun Mishra said that time has come to act against them. “The day has come to tell the rich and mighty that they cannot run the SC. They are playing with fire,” the court said.

The top court said that it would pass orders at 2 pm on Thursday on whether to probe the allegations made by lawyer Utsav Bains that the sexual harassment case levelled against the CJI are part of the conspiracy, an investigating team would be set up. The allegations against the CJI has been levelled by a former court staffer, who also worked at Justice Ranjan Gogoi’s home office.

According to News 18 reports, lawyer bains has also alleged that the two former court masters, sacked for tampering an order in a case related to Anil Ambani, were also involved in the plot to frame the CJI Ranjan Gogoi together with the female court employee.

Bains handed over the court hearing the case a sealed envelope, apparently containing an affidavit to corroborate his charges. Slamming at the alleged attempt to influence court orders, Justice Mishra said, “What's going on in this country? People in this country should know the truth.”

The top court had on Wednesday also summoned the CBI Director, Delhi Police and the Intelligence Bureau chief and directed them to "seize relevant material in order to support the contents of the affidavit" furnished by Bains.


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First published: 25 April 2019, 13:02 IST