Former judge to probe ‘conspiracy’ against CJI: SC

New Delhi, Apr 25: The Supreme Court on Thursday constituted a one-man panel of former apex court judge Justice A K Patnaik to hold inquiry into the allegations of larger conspiracy to frame Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogi and fixing of benches in the top court.
The apex court asked the directors of CBI and IB as also the Delhi police commissioner to cooperate with Justice (Retd) Patnaik as and when sought by him during the inquiry.
The top court said however that the inquiry will not deal with the allegations of sexual harassment against the CJI.
The top court also directed lawyer Utsav Bains, who had claimed conspiracy to frame the CJI, to furnish all material and evidence before the court on the alleged involvement of “fixers” and a corporate person in influencing court proceedings.
Earlier today, the apex court had expressed anguish over the “systematic attack” on the judiciary and said the time has come to tell the rich and powerful of the country that they will “burn their fingers if they play with fire”.
The apex court was hearing allegations made by Bains that there was a larger conspiracy to frame CJI Gogoi over allegations of sexual harassment.
In a stern warning to those trying to “influence” the top court, a bench of Justices Arun Mishra, R F Nariman and Deepak Gupta said that “we have to tell the rich and powerful of the country to desist from trying to control the Supreme Court.”
“We will tell them don’t dare attempt it. You will burn your fingers,” the bench said, adding, “it is 3-5% of lawyers who try to influence the registry whenever there is big case and bring a bad name to the lawyer community as well as judiciary.”
The bench added that there has been a systemic attack against the Supreme Court over the last 3-4 years and the time has come to take action.
“The way the institution (Supreme Court) has been treated in the last three four years, it is going to die. There is a systematic attempt/game,” the bench said.
Bains had alleged that he was offered a bribe of Rs 1.5 crore by a person named Ajay to frame CJI Gogoi in a false case of sexual harassment and that three dismissed SC employees ganged up with “fixers”.