Conspiracy against CJI? File affidavit, SC orders lawyer

The case now stands divided into two separate investigations: one into the allegation of a former court employee against the CJI and the other of the conspiracy against the judiciary a lawyer has claimed

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Conspiracy against judiciary?

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has said it will go to the root of the alleged conspiracy and sensational claims against the Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi. The bench of three judges headed by Justice Arun Mishra said if the “fixers” continue to tamper with the judiciary, neither the institution “nor any of us” would survive.

The Supreme Court has decided to investigate the allegation of sexual harassment against the CJI. The court said that it would go to the root of the alleged conspiracy and sensational claims.

Justice Arun Mishra, Justice RF Nariman and Deepak Gupta, ordered lawyer Utsav Bains to file an affidavit by Thursday morning on the claim of conspiracy. During the hearing on Wednesday, Bains claimed that he had some more convincing proof of this conspiracy.

The bench said that the next hearing on this issue will be held on Thursday. The judges said they would continue to investigate the matter and go to the root of the claim that some “fixers” were trying to affect the image of the judiciary. If the alleged conspirators succeed, “none of us will survive”, the bench observed.

There is no role of fixing in the system, the bench said, adding that there would be an investigation and the matter would be taken to its logical end.

Conspiracy can be examined separately

That divides the case into two separate investigations: one would be of the allegation made by a former court employee against the CJI and the other would be the claim of lawyer Bains that this was a conspiracy hatched against the court.

The Supreme Court said that an in-house panel would investigate the allegations of sexual abuse, but the claim of a big conspiracy to harm the reputation of the judiciary should also be examined. The latter will be investigated separately. An SIT may be formed for it.

Subsequently, the apex court summoned the Delhi Police commissioner, CBI chief and director of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) to the court.