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Supreme Court finds sexual harassment allegations against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi as baseless

The Supreme Court on Monday has found no substance in the sexual harassment allegations against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi.

The statement by the Supreme Court stated that the three-member in-house committee has found no substance in the complaint made by a former employee on April 19 against CJI Ranjan Gogoi.

A notice by the Supreme Court Secretary General also said that the report of the committee constituted as part of the In-House procedure is not liable to be made public.

The report of the In-House Committee consisting of Justices SA Bobde, Indra Banerjee and Indu Malhotra seeks to bring the curtains down on the controversy that broke out more than a fortnight ago when a former woman court staffer who had worked in the home office of the CJI had complained to the judges of the Supreme Court that Justice Gogoi had made sexual advances to her.

The in-house Inquiry Committee has submitted its report dated May 5, 2019, in accordance with the in-house procedure, to the next senior judge, after Justice Bobde who is competent to receive the report and also sent a copy to the judge concerned, namely the Chief Justice of India, it said.

The apex court had on April 25 appointed former apex court judge Justice A K Patnaik to hold an inquiry into the allegations of the larger conspiracy to frame the CJI and fixing of benches in the top court.

However, the court had made it clear that inquiry by Justice (retd) Patnaik will not deal with the allegations of sexual harassment against the CJI, levelled by an ex-employee of the top court.

It had also said that the outcome of the inquiry will not affect the in-house committee, which is dealing with the complaint against the CJI.

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