SC issues notice to lawyer claiming to have been offered ₹1.5 crore to frame CJI

A Special Bench led by Justice Arun Mishra on Tuesday issued notice to a young advocate who filed a plea in the Supreme Court claiming he was offered up to Rs. 1.5 crore by a man identified as “Ajay” to frame a “false case of sexual harassment” against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi.

The Bench, also comprising Justices Rohinton Nariman and Deepak Gupta, ordered the lawyer, Utsav Bains to be personally present in the court room on April 24 at 10.30 a.m.

“Where is Mr. Utsav Singh Bains?” Justices Mishra and Nariman called out. However, the lawyer was not present in the court room.

The thickly packed court room had senior advocates Indira Jaising, Rajeev Dhavan, Attorney General K.K. Venugopal, among others.

Mr. Bains had claimed that the man who met him said he represented the former employee who has levelled allegations against Chief Justice Gogoi and had also asked him to arrange a press conference at the Press Club of India to “frame” the CJI.

Mr. Bains said he had refused the man, who became evasive when asked how he was related to the woman.

Mr. Bains said there was a larger “conspiracy” playing out to compel the CJI to resign. He said a judicial inquiry was required into the alleged plot to affect the independence of the judiciary.

The lawyer said he learnt from a “reliable person”, who on condition of anonymity, told him that a “corporate figure” had tried and failed with the CJI “to get a favourable order in a high-profile case”. This had also tried unsuccessfully to get the case transferred.

This corporate figure had then “ganged up” with an “alleged fixer” to frame the CJI to “pressurise him to resign”, he said.


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