Fallout of sexual harassment charge by a dismissed woman employee of the SC against CJI
Such a demand means terming the women as accused. The National Commission for Women & Central Government should take cognizance of this demand and question them !
New Delhi – An unprecedented sexual harassment charge by a dismissed woman employee of the Supreme Court against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has led many SC judges to request all-male staff at their residential offices. The CJI expressed his anguish and explained the fallout of the ‘motivated’ complaint against him to SC judges at the customary morning meeting on 22nd April, reported ‘The Times of India’. (How can the CJI, who is the accused, himself present his side in a meeting with the other judges of the Supreme Court ? How did the media learn about this meeting ? The replies to such questions must be sought from the CJI. – Editor)
Many SC judges expressed solidarity with the CJI. (Is this not similar to some incident when an office bearer or activist of an organisation is accused or arrested, and the members of the same organisation or people in society stand behind the accused office bearer or activist ? The people expect the judges to stand firmly on the side of justice and play the appropriate role as is normally their duty. – Editor)
In the said meeting, CJI Ranjan Gogoi said that the request for male staff at residential offices was difficult to meet as 60% of the SC staff were women.
Some judges expressed apprehension about employing female law clerks, who like their male counterparts work mostly in residential offices till late hours preparing a summary of case files listed for hearing in the next few days before the judge concerned.
Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi told the Supreme Court judges that this issue should be debated to devise ways and means to protect future CJIs and SC judges from what he called scurrilous attacks.