Panel's report on CJI complaint that is unlikely to be made public
NEW DELHI: The Report Of The Internal Commission Of The Three Judges Led By Justice SA Bobde, Inquiring For The Complaint Of A Dismissed Employee Of A Woman Against CJI, Is Unlikely To Be Revealed Even After Probable Submission The Full All SC Judges.
SC Sources Said That Since Justice Gogoi Is The Subject Of Investigation, The Investigation Report Cannot Be Submitted To The CJI, Just Like The Standard For Submitting In-house Investigation Panels. It Is The CJI Who Appoints Internal Panels To Claim Complaints Against Judges And The Panel Presents The Report To Him. So It Is Very Likely That The Justice Bobde Panel, Also Consisting Of Justices Indu Malhotra And Indira Banerjee, Will Submit Its Report To The Full Court, Which Ratified The Justice Bobde 𧷬isionwhensettingupthepanel.
The Complainant Took Part In The Investigation Procedure For Two Days And Recorded Her Statement. But On The Third Day, She Opted For It And Complained That She Was Denied The Help Of Lawyer Vrinda Grover In Front Of The Panel. Proponents Of Grover, Prashant Bhushan, Shanti Bhushan, Indira Jaising And Kamini Jaiswal Helped The Woman In Filing The Complaint About Sexual Harassment Against The CJI.
Sources Cited An SC Ruling Of 9 May 2003 On A PIL Filed By Jaising, Who Had Approached The Court With The Request To Make The Report Public Of A Commission Of Three Judges, Claiming Complaints In Which Allegedly Three Sitting Judges Of Karnataka HC Involved Were And Them A Clean Crazy. One Of The Three HC Judges, Whose Alleged Involvement In The Mysore Scandal Was Investigated By The Internal Panel, Later Became An SC Judge.
Jaising Had Directed The Question To Make The Report Submitted To The Then CJI Public Through A Panel Of Then Head Of The Bombay Court, HC CK Thakker, Kerala HC Chief Justice JL Gupta, And Orissa HC ' S Justice AK Patnaik. Her Counsel Shanti Bhushan Had Argued That It Was Necessary In The Public Interest And To Maintain Public Belief In The Judiciary.
The Temptation Of Jaising &s; X27; S, A Bank From When Justices S Have Said Rajendra Babu And GP Mathur, ... The Report To The CJI That Is Confidential And Discreet, Is Only For The Purpose Of His Information And Not For The Purpose Of Disclosure To Another Person Quot;
The Bank Had Said:" If Submitter (Jaising) Can Show That Any Criminal Fact Has Been Committed By One Of The HC Judges ..., An Appropriate Complaint Can Be Filed With A Competent Authority ..." Such A Complaint Was Not Submitted Or, If Submitted, Brought To The Logical End.