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CJI Ranjan Gogoi case: BCI expresses disappointment over views of 2 former SC judges

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The of (BCI) on Saturday expressed its trust in the in-house inquiry that cleared of (CJI) of allegations.

The council also expressed disappointment over the views of two former judges, Justice and Justice Madan Lokur, following the clean chit given to of India,

"The issue of the concocted story of so-called harassment to an unknown Lady complainant has been buried to the grounds: But unfortunately we find that few persons are still trying to make unwarranted and uncalled for comments for the reasons best known to them. We could understand the motive of some Lawyers behind such baseless criticisms of the Institution, the and of the of but now the phase wise, belated comments of Justice and Justice Chelameswar, the two former Judges of Supreme Court, is beyond imagination," said Manan Kumar Mishra, Chairman,

"Both Lokur and Chelameswar were the of while Justice was a Unfortunately, neither of them could become the and Justice Gogoi got this opportunity: This depends on one's destiny and merit," Mishra added.

Mishra later went on to add, "We are shocked and surprised to see the comments of the two Judges after several weeks of the closer of this episode. What is their purpose, we fail to understand?"

Mishra said that the council hopes that the two Judges "would not make any further statement in the press which could further harm the institution."

He added, "Bar has no hesitation in saying that it were these two Judges who had taken lead role in January, 2018 in holdings a Press-Conference and that was the starting point of Deterioration: we should not forget that Justice Gogoi told the very next day that 'there was no crisis in the Judiciary', but neither Justice Lokur nor Justice Chelameswar ever realized their mistakes."

The statement further recommends that the In-House inquiry's report must not be made public.

"In the considered opinion of the Bar and the responsible citizen of this country, if the report of the Committee is made public, it would cause serious harm to the lady-complainant: Moreover the disgruntled elements and people with vested interests will again start making baseless comments: there will be no end to this episode and this would lead to perpetual irreparable loss to our Highest office of Judiciary," the statement read.

This comes after it was revealed on May 16 that the former woman court staffer, who levelled allegations of against CJI Ranjan Gogoi, will soon file an appeal against the clean chit given to the CJI by an in-house panel of the apex court.

"The victim will soon file an appeal against the clean chit given to CJI in the case by the in-house panel of the Supreme Court," said.

On May 6, it was disclosed that a three-of the gave a clean chit to CJI Gogoi in the sexual harassment allegations levelled against him by the former court staffer.

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First Published: Sun, May 26 2019. 02:33 IST