The Delhi High Court’s bench headed by Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Anup Jairam Bhambhani disposed the plea filed by an NGO plea seeking to restrain the media from publishing allegations of sexual harassment against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi by a former Supreme Court employee.
Once the top court is seized of the matter interference in the matter by this court is not called for, the bench said. “We have considered the contentions advanced and we are of the considered view that when the issue is pending consideration before the Supreme Court in the suo motu writ petition…and the Supreme Court has already expressed itself…, judicial propriety and discipline require that this Court should not interfere in the matter at all, when the matter is sub-judice before the Supreme Court”.
“In view of the above we see no reason to make any indulgence in the matter and, accordingly, we refrain from exercising jurisdiction,” the high court said.
A former female staff member of the Supreme Court has accused Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi of sexual harassment. The woman staffer said the top judge sexually harassed her at his residence office in October 2018. The 35-year-old woman on Friday sent a letter to a 22-judge panel of the apex court, explaining her ordeal.
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