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Disappointed & Dejected: Complainant Reacts to CJI Clean Chit

The complainant said that her worst fears have come true & that her hope of justice has been shattered.

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Disappointed & Dejected: Complainant Reacts to CJI Clean Chit
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Reacting to the clean-chit given to Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi by the Supreme Court’s internal panel, the woman complainant on Monday, 6 May, said that she was “highly disappointed and dejected.”

"I am now extremely scared and terrified because the In- House Committee, despite having all material placed before them, has given me no justice or protection and said nothing about the absolutely malafide dismissals and suspensions, indignities and humiliations suffered by me and my family. I and my family members remain vulnerable to the ongoing reprisals and attack," she has said.

She added that her worst fears have come true and that her hope of justice from the apex court has been shattered.

“Today, my worst fears have come true, and all hope of justice and redress from the highest court of the land have been shattered. In fact the committee has announced that I will not even be provided a copy of the report, and so I have no way of comprehending the reasons and basis for the summary dismissal of my complaint of sexual harassment and victimisation.”
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Earlier last week, the complainant pulled out of appearing before the internal panel, citing intimidation and lack of faith.

“I was compelled to walk out of the committee proceedings today because the committee seemed not to appreciate the fact that this was not an ordinary complaint but was a complaint of sexual harassment against a sitting CJI and therefore it was required to adopt procedure that would ensure fairness and equality in the highly unequal circumstances that I am placed in. I had hoped that the approach of the committee towards me would be sensitive and not one that would cause me further fear, anxiety, and trauma,” she had said.

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"I, the woman complainant, a former SC employee, am not just highly disappointed and dejected to learn that the In-House Committee "has found no substance" in my complaint, but feel that gross injustice has been done to me as a woman citizen of India. I am now extremely scared and terrified because the In- House Committee, despite having all material placed before them, has given me no justice or protection and said nothing about the absolutely malafide dismissals and suspensions, indignities and humiliations suffered by me and my family.

I and my family members remain vulnerable to the ongoing reprisals and attack. As is known this complaint in the form of an Affidavit was sent by me to the Justices of the Hon'ble Supreme Court on 19.04.2019. I am alarmed at the conclusion arrived at by the In House Committee, as my accusation of sexual harassment at the workplace and the consequent relentless victimization and reprisals against me and my family, are substantiated by documents and are verifiable.

On 26.04.2019, I had joined proceedings of the In-House Committee and from the very beginning expressed serious concerns and reservations that the manner in which the proceedings were being conducted would not mitigate the stark asymmetry of power between me and the CJI. Today, my worst fears have come true, and all hope of justice and redress from the highest Court of the land have been shattered.

In fact the Committee has announced that I will not even be provided a copy of the Report, and so I have no way of comprehending the reasons and basis for the summary dismissal of my Complaint of sexual harassment and victimisation I have already placed my earlier communications with the Hon'ble Committee in the public domain through my press note dt. 30.04.2019, when I was compelled to walk out of the Committee proceedings as the Committee had refused to accept even my most basic requests for a fair hearing.

On 4th May 2019, at about 8 pm I received a hard copy of my statements recorded before the In House Committee on 26th, 29th and 30th April, 2019. On 6th May 2019, at around 10.30 am, I submitted Corrections of some inaccuracies in my recorded statements, to the concerned Registrar at the Supreme Court. I will consult my lawyer and decide on the next steps. Today, I am at the verge of losing faith in the idea of justice".

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