Saying judicial independence was at stake, Gogoi, 64, called a special session of the apex court after the woman wrote to 22 Supreme Court judges on Friday, alleging he twice made sexual advances in the office of his official residence in October previous year.
Talking on the lines of the judiciary being independent, Justices Arun Mishra and Sanjiv Khanna on the bench said that the court can not function if the judges are attacked.
"Independence of judiciary is under very very serious threat".
"This is unbelievable. I should not stoop low even in denying it".
"All I would like to say is that undoubtedly every employee is treated fairly and decently", CJI Gogoi said at a special bench hearing of the Supreme Court.
I will come tomorrow and adjourn all my cases. I will not give in. "They want to destabilise the CJI considering the important cases coming up for hearing next week in the election month".
The bench didn't pass any order on the sexual harassment issue.
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The Chief Justice claimed that the woman who had made the allegations has a criminal background.
Those included a series of allegations that the woman and her family were victimised by a series of related actions by the authorities, including the termination of her employment, and the suspension of her husband and his brother, who worked in the Delhi police force.
CJI Gogoi said, "Last evening I received 4 communications from Wire, Leaflet, Caravan and Scroll, saying a letter is circulated by a dismissed SC employee alleging that CJI has sought sexual favours. After 20 years and Rs. 6,80,000 as bank balance this is the reward a Chief Justice of India gets". During one such incident, "I was forced to push him away with my hands", she states.
Justice Gogoi along with Justices J Chelameswar, Kurian Joseph and M B Lokur, all three since retired, held the press conference, virtually revolting against then Chief Justice Dipak Misra by levelling a litany of allegations. We have taken this unusual and extraordinary step because things have gone too far. How did she enter supreme court service when there was criminal case pending?
Why would any sane person want to become a judge, reputation is all that we have.
Reports reveal that the incident took place on 10th and 11th October past year wherein Gogoi allegedly tried making sexual advances at her. "The present Supreme Court Internal Complaints Committee mechanism or the 2014 judgment in Additional District and Sessions Judge "X" vs Registrar General High Court of Madhya Pradesh, are inadequate for an inquiry into the alleged misconduct by the CJI himself", Ms. Grover said. There are bigger forces behind the allegations hurled at me, he said while rebutting the allegations.