New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Thursday appointed former SC Judge, Justice A.K.Patnaik to probe whether a larger conspiracy is lingering around Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi.
A.K.Patnaik has imbibed with the responsibility to unearth whether the CJI is the target of a larger intrigue hatched by a powerful lobby of fixers, disgruntled apex court employees and corporate figures to compromise the highest judiciary itself.
The enquiry would primarily focus on material and affidavits provided by lawyer Utsav Singh Bains that claimed some former staffers of the court, influential peddlers and corporate entities have ganged up against Chief Justice Gogoi to frame him in a false case.
A Special Bench laid by Justice Arun Mishra ordered the chiefs of the CBI, the Intelligence Bureau and the Delhi Police to assist Justice Patnaik, who has to complete his investigation and file a report in a sealed cover before the Bench.
Incidentally, Justice Patnaik was in the news after a Bench led by Chief Justice Gogoi appointed him on October 26, 2018 to supervise the 14 day CVC inquiry into allegations of graft and misconduct against former CBI Director Alok Verma.
Justice Mishra said there were rich and powerful people who thought they could bludgeon and blackmail the court into submission, but little did they know that they were playing with fire.