SC closes suo moto case probing ‘larger conspiracy’ in sexual harassment case against ex-CJI Ranjan Gogoi
The Supreme Court on Thursday closed suo moto proceedings which were instituted to examine if there was a “larger conspiracy” behind the allegations of sexual harassment against the then Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi.
SC says 2 years have passed and the possibility of retrieving electronic record is very less in a probe related to conspiracy to frame Gogoi. AK Patnaik panel was not able to get electronic records like WhatsApp messages to probe conspiracy to frame ex-CJI Gogoi. The Press Trust of India reported this morning thus.
The case titled “In Re: Matter Of Great Public Importance Touching Upon The Independence Of Judiciary” was considered today by a Bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul, AS Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian after a period of 1 year, 9 months.
Today, the bench headed by Justice Kaul observed that enquiry panel headed by former SC judge Justice AK Patnaik has submitted a report opining that a conspiracy behind the sexual harassment allegations cannot be “ruled out”. The report also surmised that certain tough stances taken by ex-CJI Gogoi during his tenure could have triggered the allegations. The report also referred to an Intelligence Bureau input that several persons were unhappy with Justice Gogoi for driving the Assam-NRC process.