The sexual harassment allegations against CJI took a curious turn with the accuser announcing her refusal to co-operate with the in-house enquiry that is underway. The accuser issued a press release listing out a litany of grouses against the way in which the enquiry is being conducted and has cited her being denied legal representation and the non-compliance with Vishaka guidelines among the reasons for her decision.
Earlier, Advocate M L Sharma filed a petition for an enquiry into an alleged conspiracy by eminent lawyers like Prashant Bhushan, Vrinda Grover, Indira Jaising, Kamini Jaiswal among others in order to implicate the CJI in a case of sexual harassment based on a statement made by Bhushan to online media outlet thewire.in wherein he had stated that they had helped the accuser in drafting her affidavit as well helped her to get in touch with media outlets. Advocate Sharma was asked by the CJI to mention matter before some other bench of the court.
Many would treat this as a conspiracy to target the Chief Justice and the behaviour of the accuser would only complicate matters further as it follows a worrying pattern of accusers levelling charges against judicial officers of high standing and later refusing to co-operate, thereby making a mockery of the entire process as has happened in the case of Justice A K Ganguly.
The press release issued by the accuser :-