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Jaitley comes out in support of CJI Rajan Gogoi over sexual harassment allegation

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New Delhi: After one of the junior ex-lady employees of Supreme Court imposed allegation of sexual harassment against the Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley came out in support of CJI and said that he is extremely well regarded in terms of personal decency, values, ethics and integrity.

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He also said: “Such complaints, when they are made in the ordinary course of any administrative functioning, are referred to the appropriate committee. However, when the complainant distributes copies of her representation to other judges of the Supreme Court and the media in order to sensationalize her allegations, it ceases to be routine.

“When four digital media organisations with an unparalleled track record of ‘institutional disruption’ send similar questionnaires to the Chief Justice of India, there is obviously something more than what meets the eye,” he said.

In the blog ‘It’s Time to Stand up With the Judiciary’, Jaitley said India has always taken pride in its independent judiciary.

The CJI on Saturday rubbished an allegation of sexual harassment against him, saying there was a “larger conspiracy” to destabilize the independence of the judiciary, which, he said, is “under very serious threat”.

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After the allegation levelled by a former employee of the Supreme Court was reported by a section of the media, a three-member bench of the apex court, headed by the Chief Justice and including Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Sanjeev Khanna, held an urgent hearing this morning — a holiday — over the matter.

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