Supreme Court employee who complained against former CJI reinstated

A former woman employee of the Supreme Court who lodged a sexual harassment complaint against then sitting Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has been reinstated.Senior lawyer Vrinda Grover, who had legally aided the complainant, reacted to the development in a written statement that “the Supreme Court staffer stands vindicated.”“Her reinstatement with full back wages is an acknowledgement of the truth of her affidavit complaining of sexual harassment and the systematic victimisation suffered by her and her family,” Ms. Grover stated.The lawyer added that “the unfinished business of justice and accountability however remains. At an institutional level, this incident has once again highlighted the absence of an independent and effective mechanism to address a complaint of sexual harassment against a judge of the Supreme Court.”In May 2019, an in-house committee led by the present Chief Justice of India, Justice Sharad A. Bobde, had found “no substance” in the sexual harassment allegations levelled by the woman against Justice Gogoi.The committee report however continues to remain confidential. The Supreme Court had said that the report, as part of the in-house procedure, would not be placed in the public domain.The inquiry was by nature purely preliminary, ad hoc and only for the purpose… Read full this story

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