New Delhi: The Supreme Court has reinstated a woman employee who had in 2019 accused then Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi of sexual misconduct. It is reported that the woman had rejoined duty and proceeded on leave, adding “her arrears too have been cleared”.
The woman, a junior court assistant, had been dismissed from Supreme Court service in December 2018, four months after she was posted to work at the residence-office of Gogoi. The woman had joined the Supreme Court as an employee in May 2014 and was reported to be 35 years old in 2019.
She alleged that Gogoi had made unwelcome advances on her in October 2018, for which she was victimized after she resisted. Gogoi had taken over as Chief Justice of India that same month and would serve till his retirement in November 2019.
The woman had been dismissed from service on the grounds of questioning transfer orders issued to her and availing of leave without authorization.
Gogoi was cleared of all charges following which the matter was dismissed by “in-house” committee of the Supreme Court looking into the case. Ranjan Gogoi was given ‘clean chit’ which soon triggered furious criticism of the Supreme Court.