New Delhi: The sexual harassment allegations against Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi has taken a new twist after a senior Supreme Court lawyer Utsav Bains claimed that he was offered a bribe to the tune of Rs 1.5 crore to help frame him in the case.
Bains, a 2014 Harvard Law School graduate who is currently practising in New Delhi, has previously appeared for a rape survivor which eventually led to the conviction of religious leader Asaram Bapu. He said that an unidentified man approached him with Rs 1.5 crore to organise a media conference and “frame” CJI Gogoi by representing the former Supreme Court staffer who has leveled allegations of sexual misconduct against him.
In his Facebook post, Bains said: “I was offered bribe to help frame CJI in the sexual harassment case by lawyering and organising a press conference against the CJI for the ex-SC staffer who has accused the CJI of sexual harassment just a few days back and also specifically asked to organise a press conference only at the Press Club of India in order to force him to resign.”
In a startling allegation, a 35-year-old woman had alleged that the CJI Gogoi had made sexual advances on her at his residence office on October 10 and 11 last year. The woman, who used to work as a junior court assistant at the Supreme Court of India, also wrote to 22 judges of the court on Friday making the allegations.
However, CJI Gogoi had denied the charges of sexual harassment leveled by the former woman employee against him. The CJI was hearing a special sitting inside the Supreme Court on April 20 on a “matter of great public importance”. Besides CJI Gogoi, the bench comprised Justices Arun Mishra and Sanjiv Khanna.
Things have gone too far, CJI Gogoi had said.
Meanwhile, the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), a front-ranking students’ body of the Northeast, has expressed serious concern over the charges leveled against the CJI.
Talking to the media here, AASU adviser Samujjal Kumar Bhatacharyya said, “We are proud of Ranjan Gogoi being the CJI. At this time of crisis, the AASU will stand behind him. I would like to urge the people concerned not to frame such allegations against a personality like Ranjan Gogoi.”
“It’s a conspiracy against CJI Ranjan Gogoi. It’s a clear-cut conspiracy against the CJI as Gogoi is on verge of delivering some important judgments concerning some of the major issues concerning the country, including the NRC,” AASU president Dipankar Nath said.
Following is the full text of Utsav Bains’ post in the Facebook
I was offered bribe to help frame CJI in the sexual harassment case by lawyering and organising a Press Conference against the CJI for the Ex SC staffer who has accused the CJI of sexual harassment just a few days back and also specifically asked to organise a press conference only at the Press Club of India.
When I refused the person who was initially praising my pro bono work in the Asaram Rape case for the victim etc and interestingly claimed to be her relative but on the other hand looked like a trained agent and he also couldn’t satisfactorily reply as to what was his relationship with the Ex SC Staffer and then suddenly offered me 50 lacs as my legal fees if I agreed to lawyer and again he asked me specifically to organise a press conference at the PCI after I refused as I found the story facts fishy and also he couldn’t reply to any question about the many loopholes in the story he narrated. When I again refused he said 1.5 Cr. I then asked him to leave my office.
I then enquired more about this issue from reliable sources in Delhi for days, every information pointed to a larger conspiracy to make the CJI resign and kingpin of which are many Delhi based SC fixers or those who engage in cash for Judgements.
I was convinced about a well planned conspiracy after days of getting such credible information.
I then finally went to CJI residence yesterday evening to inform him about the bribe offer and the conspiracy, around 7 pm. But his staff said he’s not at his residence. My CDR tower location details can be checked.
Later at night I then called a SC reporter with impeccable proven integrity to meet me today for an important subject and also asked him if he could arrange a urgent meeting or get a message sent to the CJI asap. I had also today morning planned to meet Prashant Bhushan Sir and Kamini Jaiswal maam about this.
But then today morning my perception turned out to be true.
After hours of ponder and soul searching, I have decided to speak the truth and file a detailed affidavit in this regard in the SC along with evidences of the conspiracy against the CJI by a lobby of disgruntled judges, SC fixers, corporate scamsters and a few corrupt Politicians – All who have meticulously planned the conspiracy to force the CJI to resign as their ‘Corrupt works were not going through in SC‘
After today I will not be appearing in any case in the court of the CJI. Also, I have never personally interacted with the CJI or anyone close to him, my electronic records etc are open to any independent scrutiny. I will leave legal practice if anyone can prove that I have associated or even interacted with CJI outside the Court room ever. As a matter of principle I don’t butter or bootlick judges.
I was stopped to go public by some senior wellwishers and told that lobby of judges who is planning this conspiracy will turn against me and harm me professionally. But my conscious doesn’t allow me to turn my face away and let history record today’s day as the darkest day in the history of SC.
I moved to Delhi from Chandigarh as I refused to be institutionalised in judicial nepotism. My grandfather is a retired HC judge who appointed many HC judges and father a senior lawyer, many of his friends or my family friends are HC Judges at PB HRY HC – Precisely the reason why I moved to lawyer in Delhi.
In SC until now I have only associated in SC with the likes of Prashant Bhushan and Kamini Jaiswal and with Anupam Gupta in PB HRY HC, all who are known for standing against financially corrupt and morally corrupt judges and against judicial nepotism, fearlessly.
I have till date never associated with any kin or kith of SC judges as principle of having a clean legal practice and refusing to be institutionalised in nepotism or be a member of the uncle judges young lawyer club.
Utsav Singh Bains
(Excuse typos typed on phone)