CJI sexual harassment case: Complainant demands copy of probe report

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The former woman employee of the Supreme Court who had accused Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi with sexual harassment, on May 7 demanded a copy of the report of the in-house committee which gave a clean chit to the CJI a day before.

The three-member committee headed by Justice SA Bobde while clearing Gogoi of all charges said it found “no substance” in the allegations made by the former woman employee, adding that the report cannot be made public.

The former employee in a letter to Justice Bobde alleged lack of transparency in the functioning of the panel and said that not providing her a copy of the order will violate the principles of natural justice and will be “complete travesty of justice”.

“I find it rather strange that the complaint in a case of sexual harassment is not to be provided with a copy of the report which finds her complaint to be without substance and that my complaint has been held by the committee to be this without giving me reasons for the same,” the letter said.

The complainant asserted that the complainant has the right to receive a copy of the report under Section 13 of Sexual Harassment of Women at the Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013.

(With inputs from agencies)