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Conspiracy against CJI: Justice (retd) Patnaik to probe, submit report to SC in sealed cover
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25 Apr 2019 05:53 AM EST

A special bench of Justices Arun Mishra, R F Nariman and Deepak Gupta today asked the CBI Director, IB Director and Delhi Police Commissioner to cooperate with Justice Patnaik whenever need be.

The court, however, clarified that Justice Patnaik will not go into the issue of sexual harassment allegations against the CJI. The court has instituted an in-house inquiry committee of three sitting judges to look into the allegations of sexual harassment made against Chief Justice of India.

Advocate Utsav Bains has claimed there was a conspiracy by ‘fixers and disgruntled employees’ of the top court to “frame the CJI in a false case of sexual harassment.” Bains has claimed that he was offered money to take up the case of a former junior court assistant, who has levelled sexual harassment allegations against the CJI, and to organise a press conference to make the matter public.

The Supreme Court earlier today hit out at what it said were “systematic” attempts to influence the course of justice delivery and said, “time has come when we have to tell the rich and powerful of this country – you cannot run this court”.

The remarks were made by Justice Arun Mishra who was sitting with Justices R F Nariman and Deepak Gupta while hearing allegations by the lawyer.

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