‘Will get to bottom of it’, says Supreme Court on alleged conspiracy against CJI

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday said it will get to the bottom of the claims made by a lawyer that there was a larger conspiracy to frame Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi in the sexual harassment allegations against him.

“If fixers continue to work and manipulate the judiciary as claimed, neither this institution nor any of us will survive,” said a three-judge bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra.

“We will inquire and inquire and take it to logical conclusion,” the bench said.

The bench, also comprising justices R F Nariman and Deepak Gupta asked lawyer Utsav Bains to file another affidavit after he claimed to have more incriminating evidence about the larger conspiracy against CJI.

CJI Ranjan Gogoi has strongly denied the allegations, asserting that the independence of the judiciary is “under threat” 

Earlier in the day, the top court directed chiefs of the Intelligence Bureau (IB), the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Delhi Police Commissioner to appear and meet in chambers of the three judges who are hearing Bains’ claim that there was a larger conspiracy to frame the CJI.

The bench also clarified that there was no connection between the hearing of Bains’ claims of conspiracy and the three-judge inquiry into the sexual harassment allegations against the CJI.