Supreme Court has constituted a three-judge panel against CJI.
The three judge panel is headed by Justice SA Bobde, the seniormost judge in apex court after the Chief Justice of India (CJI), to inquire into the sexual harassment complaint by a former junior court assistant (JCA) against CJI Ranjan Gogoi.
The other two members of the inquiry panel are Justice NV Ramana, the next senior most after Justice Bobde and Justice Indira Banerjee, who was elevated to the Supreme Court on August 7, 2018. The panel will conduct an in-camera proceeding and is expected to have its first sitting on Friday.
The panel is expected to hear the complainant in person and analyze the evidence put forward by her. The panel can even appoint a lawyer to assist them. It will then seek the version of the CJI against whom the allegation is made and then come to its conclusion. This is the first in-house enquiry on a sexual harassment complaint conducted in the Supreme Court and it is the first time ever such an inquiry is being conducted against CJI.