Reacting to the sensational conspiracy allegation made by lawyer Utsav Bains in relation to the sexual harassment charge against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, former Attorney General of India, Soli Sorabjee has said that the judiciary cannot be terrorised in such a fashion.
"Well, judges can't be terrorized in that fashion. But it is a sorry state of affairs that allegations have been made against the Chief Justice of India," Sorabjee said, also expressing his displeasure at the complainant's letter being sent to numerous judges and asking, "Is it to harm the reputation of the Chief justice of India? I am very sorry about this development. Very sorry."
When asked about Bains' claim that a 'lobby' was involved in the conspiracy, Sorabjee said that there has been irresponsible behaviour by some lawyers who should be aware of the position they are putting the Chief Justice of India in.
"I don't want to think that any lawyers are involved in this. That is a very serious charge against the lawyers. There has been some irresponsible behaviour by certain lawyers. They should know that the Chief Justice of India is not in a position to reply personally against such allegations. And therefore they should be careful of what allegations they make." he said.
Following a Supreme Court bench on Thursday hearing lawyer Utsav Bains' stunning claim that there is a "larger conspiracy" at play to frame Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi, the top court has initiated a probe into the matter. Taking cognisance of the 'conspiracy' angle alleged by Bains, who also submitted 'evidence' in a sealed envelope, the three-judge bench comprising Justices Arun Mishra, Rohinton Nariman and Deepak Gupta has appointed Justice (Retd) AK Patnaik to inquire into the claims.
On Wednesday, Bains had filed an affidavit with all the details of the allegations in a sealed cover before the Supreme Court. In the affidavit, Bains said that he was approached by an alleged 'fixer' who is an aide of Dawood Ibrahim with the offer of a bribe. The lawyer has also submitted ‘specific information’ on how the conspiracy was planned by ‘disgruntled employees’ of the Supreme Court.
Bains had been summoned by the apex court after he wrote a long and detailed Facebook post regarding his claims in which he said that “a lobby of judges who are planning this larger conspiracy” will try to ‘harm him (the Chief Justice of India) professionally”.
As the matter currently stands, the Intelligence Bureau (IB) Chief and CBI Director have also been directed to cooperate with Justice AK Patnaik, following which the retired judge has been asked to submit the report to the Supreme Court in a sealed cover.
This whole probe started when a sworn affidavit containing sexual assault allegations by a former Supreme Court employee against CJI Ranjan Gogoi was sent to the residences of 22 apex court judges. Once the affidavit became public, the Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi had on Saturday, dismissed the allegations levelled against him during the course of the unprecedented hearing titled as a matter of "great public importance touching upon the independence of the judiciary".