Former SC employee alleges sexual harassment by CJI Gogoi, Supreme Court Secretary General says charges false and scurrilous

New Delhi: An ex-employee of the Supreme Court has made allegations of sexual harassment against Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi in an affidavit that she sent to all judges of the court on April 19, 2019.

The 35-year-old woman used to work as a junior court assistant at the Supreme Court.

The woman wrote in an affidavit sent with a covering letter: “He hugged me around the waist, and touched me all over my body with his arms and by pressing his body against mine, and did not let go.”

The woman said she pushed CJI Gogoi “away with her hands”. She added that he warned her to not reveal the incident to anyone.

The woman said that four weeks after the incident, she was shifted thrice to different sections of SC.

Disciplinary proceedings were launched against her by November she was sacked on December 21, 2018.

‘My husband and brother-in-law were also sacked’

The alleged victim said that her husband and brother-in-law, who worked with Delhi police, were removed from their jobs by 2018 end.

‘False FIR filed to harass and terrorize me’

In March, Haryana resident Naveen Kumar filed an FIR against the woman alleging that she took Rs. 50,000 bribe for getting him a job at SC.

In her affidavit, the woman termed Kumar’s allegations false and premeditated to harass and terrorize her and her family.

The woman said that she went to a Tilak Marg Police Station in connection with Kumar’s case but was tortured by the SHO.

‘SHO tortured me’

She said the SHO handcuffed one of her legs to a sitting bench for a whole night, kicked her and verbally abused her.

After this, she was sent to Tihar jail for one day and was granted bail on March 12.

Replying to the serious allegations of the woman, Secretary General said the claims are “absolutely false and scurrilous and are totally denied”.

She had no occasion to interact with CJI: Secretary General

The Secretary General said that she worked as part of the home office of the Chief Justice of India only for a short period and given the nature of her duties, she had no occasion to interact directly with the Chief Justice of India.

The Secretary General said throughout her employment in the Supreme Court, or at the time she was terminated, or even thereafter, there were no complaints made by her of the nature now being alleged. It is not only mischievous but a complete afterthought of her to make these false allegations at this time.

‘There is a criminal case pending against her’

The Secretary General said there is a criminal case pending against her, where very serious allegation have been made, of her having taken a bribe to assure employment in the Supreme Court of India. It appears that these false allegations are being made as a pressure tactics to somehow come out of the various proceedings which have been initiated in law, against her and her family, for their own wrongdoings.