Former SC Judge to probe ‘Conspiracy’ against CJI: SC

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The Supreme Court on Thursday appointed former Supreme court judge AK Patnaik, to conduct an inquiry into the claims of lawyer that there is a larger conspiracy to frame Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogi on allegations of sexual harassment.

The top court has asked the chiefs of CBI, Intelligence Bureau and the Delhi Police to assist Justice Patnaik in the probe.

The Bench ordered advocate Utsav Bains to submit all the documents and material he had to Justice Patnaik.

The court also said that Justice Patnaik will not go into the issue of sexual harassment allegations against the Chief Justice of India.

While hearing the case earlier, the Supreme court said that there was a systematic attack on the institution. The Bench asserted that the rich and powerful cannot run the Court.

“Don’t play with fire. We want to send a message to the people of this country, the rich and powerful that they cannot control or run this court,” said the bench of Justices Arun Mishra, RF Nariman and Deepak Gupta. 

Justice Arun Mishra expressed anguish over the way the institution was being treated over the last three-four years.

“The way the institution is being treated in last few years is as if this institution is going to die,” it said during arguments.

On Wednesday, the top Court had asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the Delhi Police to look into the documents submitted by Bains in a sealed cover.