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Tuesday 23 Apr 2019 01.07 PM

Allegations against CJI: SC seeks response from lawyer who claimed conspiracy


New Delhi : The Supreme Court Tuesday sought response from a lawyer, who had made a sensational claim that there was a conspiracy to make CJI Ranjan Gogoi resign by "framing him" in a false case of sexual harassment A three-judge special bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra issued notice to lawyer Utsav Singh Bains and sought his response with regard to his claim that he was also offered Rs 1.5 crore to represent a former apex court woman employee and arrange a presser against the CJI at the Press Club of India here.

The bench, which also comprised Justices R F Nariman and Deepak Gupta, has now fixed the case titled as a matter of "great public importance touching upon the independence of judiciary", for hearing tomorrow at 10:30 AM. The lawyer had filed an affidavit on Monday following the unprecedented hearing on Saturday during which the CJI had said a larger conspiracy was behind it and that he would not stoop too low even to deny these allegations.

Bains has said, in his affidavit, that he was shocked to hear the allegations and was willing to represent the complainant.
"But when the said Ajay further narrated the entire sequence of events and facts of the case, the Deponent was not convinced and found several loopholes in the said Ajay's version of events," the affidavit has said.
The lawyer then sought an interaction with the complainant to verify the claims, it has said, adding the meeting was denied which gave rise to the suspicion.

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Tuesday 23 Apr 2019 01.07 PM