BREAKING NEWS: Supreme Court closes suo moto case regarding CJI Ranjan Gogoi’s sexual harassment allegation

Delhi, Feb 18 – The Supreme Court closed the suo-motu case registered by it in 2019 to examine alleged conspiracy against judiciary in the wake of sexual harassment allegations that had surfaced against then Chief Justice of India. The matter was closed by a Bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul, AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian on the ground that recovery of electronic evidence is unlikely in relation to the case.

According to Bar and Bench, the SC said that the veracity of the allegations leveled by lawyer Utsav Singh Bains could not be verified completely due to the limited access of records and other collaborative material. However, it also stated that the report on the existence of conspiracy cannot be completely ruled out.

Justice Gogoi had been accused of sexual harassment by a Junior Court Assistant in 2019, but sat on the Bench himself and denied the charges. He was later acquitted by a three-judge bench.

(Medha Nidhi S)