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Protest held over CJI Ranjan Gogoi clean chit in sexual harassment case, Sec 144 imposed outside SC

About 30 women were reportedly detained during the protest

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Protest held over CJI Ranjan Gogoi clean chit in sexual harassment case, Sec 144 imposed outside SC

Massive protests were held by many lawyers, social activists and women activists outside the Supreme Court after Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi was given clean chit in the alleged sexual harassment case filed by former Supreme Court employee.

As per the early reports, Section 144 has been imposed outside the apex court. Amidst heavy deployment of police, several women gathered outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday, demanding Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi’s resignation. However, police whisked away the protestors before it could begin.

Many women protesters were forcibly removed by the police from outside the premise, put into a van and taken to the Mandir Marg police station.

About 30 women were detained during the demonstration where protesters demanded a fair probe into the allegations levelled by a former Supreme Court staffer.

 

Delhi Police PRO Madhur Verma confirmed to The Quint that the women were detained because Section 144 CrPC is in place in Central Delhi. Verma claimed that the Delhi Police had initially asked the women to move the protest to Jantar Mantar as it is the designated site for protests.

On Monday, the panel led by Justice SA Bobde said the report has been submitted to the Chief Justice and the next senior judge of the top court, and said that as it was an informal inquiry, it is “not liable to be made public”.

“The in-house inquiry committee has found no substance in the allegations in the complaint dated April 19 of a former employee of the Supreme Court,” the Supreme Court said in a statement. Justices Indira Banerjee and Indu Malhotra were the other two judges on the panel.

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