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Complainant in CJI harassment case withdraws appeal
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Complainant in CJI harassment case withdraws appeal

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The former Supreme Court employee who levelled charges of sexual harassment against Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi filed an appeal against her termination on July 11 before the apex court’s Registrar, but abruptly withdrew it the very next day, a Hindustan Times report said. However, she has retained the right to re-file the appeal.

The withdrawal came after the intervention of a top government functionary, who called the former SC employee and her husband for a meeting at his residence. The reason for the withdrawal is yet to be known.

The 36-year-old employee, who was posted at the home office of the CJI, detailed charges of sexual harassment and persecution in an affidavit that was sent to 22 judges of the apex court on April 19. In the affidavit, she also stated that her husband and his brother, both with the Delhi Police, were suspended from service soon after her termination from the Supreme Court in December 2018.

According to the affidavit, the CJI behaved inappropriately with her twice, on October 10 and 11, 2018. According to the same affidavit, the CJI’s behaviour “changed dramatically” after she resisted his advances and then began what she calls, her “persecution.”

After filing complaint against CJI, she was transferred out of the CJI’s home office on October 22 and was posted in the Centre for Research and Planning. On November 16, her seat was changed to the Admn Material section. From there again she was transferred to the Library Division. The complainant was served with a suspension order on November 27 and informed that disciplinary proceedings were being contemplated against her. After a department enquiry the complainant was dismissed from service on December 21. She filed an appeal against her termination on July 11 before the apex court’s Registrar, but abruptly withdrew it the very next day. However, she has retained the right to re-file the appeal.

It is learnt that due to the interference of the same top officials, her disInterestingly, her husband and brother-in-law were both re-instated in June even though the departmental inquiry against them has not been completed. The woman’s husband was suspended for allegedly calling the CJI’s office, and the brother-in-law for allegedly concealing a 2015 police complaint against him over unruly behaviour.