Section 144 imposed outside Supreme Court after protests over clean chit to CJI Ranjan Gogoi

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The Delhi Police has imposed Section 144 outside the Supreme Court after a group of women lawyers and members of several NGOs staged a protest against the clean chit given to the Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi in a sexual harassment case.

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The protesters were later detained by the police and taken to a nearby police station. Among those detained were also a group of journalists, who were covering the development. Police, however, released the journalists but took around three dozen activists to Mandir Marg Police Station. They were protesting against the Supreme Court’s In-House Committee’s report exonerating CJI Gogoi from allegations of sexually assaulting a former Supreme Court employee. Those protesting on the clean chit given to CJI Gogoi demanded the In-House Committee’s report to be shared with the complainant.

The In-House Committee on Monday had ruled that there was ‘no substance’ in the allegations of sexual harassment, filed by a former Supreme Court staffer.

A statement by the Secretary General of the Supreme Court had said, “The In-House Committee has submitted its Report dated 5.5.2019, in accordance with the In-House Procedure to the next senior Judge competent to receive the Report and also
sent  copy to the Judge concerned, namely, the Chief Justice of India.

The In-House Committee has found no substance in the allegations contained in the Complaint dated 19.4.2019 of a former employee of the Supreme Court of India. Please take note that in case of Indira Jaising v. Supreme Court of India & Anr. (2003) 5 SCC 494, it has been held that the Report of a Committee constituted as a part of the In-House Procedure is not able to be made public.”

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