Court closes cheating case against ex-SC staffer who complained against CJI Ranjan Gogoi

In her affidavit, the former SC employee has described two incidents of alleged molestation by the CJI.

Published: 20th September 2019 01:21 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th September 2019 01:21 AM   |  A+A-

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi (File Photo | EPS)

By PTI

NEW DELHI: A Delhi court has closed a cheating and criminal intimidation case against a Supreme Court's former woman employee who had levelled allegations of sexual misconduct against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi.

The apex court's three-member In-House Inquiry Committee, headed by Justice S A Bobde, had in May this year given a clean chit to the CJI as it "found no substance" in the allegations levelled against him by the woman.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Manish Khurana accepted the closure report filed by Delhi Police after the complainant in the case, Naveen Kumar, a resident of Jhajjar in Haryana, said he had no opposition to the plea and that he did not want to pursue the case.

"Complainant stated that he is satisfied with the investigation conducted by the police in this case.

He also stated that he does not want to file any protest petition and therefore, the closure report may be accepted as he does not want to pursue the present case.

"In view of the facts and circumstances, statement given by the complainant and the investigation conducted by the police in the present case, the closure report filed in the present case is hereby accepted," the judge said.

The court had on September 6 dismissed a plea for cancelling bail of the former woman employee.

The police had sought cancellation of the bail granted to the woman on March 12, after the complainant had allegedly claimed that he was being threatened by the former Supreme Court staffer and her associates.

An FIR for the alleged offences of cheating, criminal intimidation and criminal conspiracy was lodged against the woman on March 3, after a complaint was filed by Kumar at the Tilak Marg Police Station here.

Kumar has alleged that the woman had defrauded him of Rs 50,000, which he claimed she took as part of a bribe, promising him a job at the Supreme Court.

He claimed that in June 2017, he met the woman through a common friend, Mansha Ram, regarding his employment and she had told him she was a personal assistant of a judge in the Supreme Court and her husband was also an officer.

Kumar said the woman had claimed that she has good contacts and can get him employed as process server or as a class-IV employee in the Supreme Court in about one-and-a-half month time, and for this she allegedly demanded Rs 10 lakh from him.

He approached the police claiming that he has been cheated of Rs 50,000 by the woman on the pretext of his employment in the apex court and that she neither returned his money nor got him employed.

Kumar alleged the woman and her husband threatened him for life if he demanded the money back.

During the investigation, the woman was arrested by the police on March 10 and sent to judicial custody by a court here the next day.

She was granted bail on March 12.

On March 14, the investigation in the case was taken up by the crime branch of Delhi Police and the complainant addressed an application to the Deputy Commissioner of Police that he was being threatened by the woman and her associates.

The police also told the court, in its application, that the Senior Superintendent of Police of Jhajjar has been sent a letter to provide adequate protection to the complainant.

The woman had sent a sworn affidavit to the residences of 22 apex court judges levelling allegations against CJI Gogoi.

In her affidavit, the former SC employee has described two incidents of alleged molestation by the CJI.

Both the alleged incident took place in October last year within days of CJI Gogoi being appointed to the post.

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