Delhi Court adjourns plea to cancel bail of woman who alleged sexual harassment by CJI Ranjan Gogoi

Delhi Court adjourns plea to cancel bail of woman who alleged sexual harassment by CJI Ranjan Gogoi

Aditi Singh

The Court of Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) today adjourned Delhi Police’s plea seeking cancellation of the bail of the former Supreme Court staffer who has recently levelled allegations of sexual harassment against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi. 

CMM Manish Khurana adjourned the case till May 23 after being informed that the complainant in the case, Naveen Kumar had not been served.

In the interest of justice, let the complainant be re-summoned …” Judge Khurana said.

The case was adjourned on the previous hearing on April 20 as well.

Counsel appearing for the accused former Supreme Court staffer, advocate VK Ohri also moved an application seeking the release of her mobile phone and CPU which is currently with the Delhi Police.

The same was, however, withdrawn by Ohri with the liberty that the plea would be made at an appropriate stage.

The former staffer, who served as Junior Court Assistant at the Apex Court, was accused of bribery and charged under Sections 420, 506, and 120B of the Indian Penal Code on a complaint by one Naveen Kumar. The staffer is presently out on bail. The accused (staffer) was arrested last month, after an FIR was filed against her on March 3. She was later sent to judicial custody on March 11 and was released on bail on March 12.

It was alleged by the complainant that the accused in the case agreed to accept consideration in exchange for getting employment for him as a process server or a class IV employee at the Supreme Court.

The complainant allegedly made a payment of Rs 50,000 to the accused as an advance. However, when the accused did not follow through on her promise, the complainant met with her in the Supreme Court premises to know about the development regarding his employment. He alleges that the complainant told him not to meet her in the Supreme Court premises, and threatened to implicate him in a false case.

The investigation in the case was taken up by the Crime Branch of Delhi Police. The complainant in the meantime wrote an application to the DCP of the Crime Branch stating that he was being threatened by the accused and her associates.

In light of these developments, the investigating officer moved the Court for the cancellation of the bail of the accused.

The case will be heard next on May 23.

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