Justice Indira Banerjee, who was part of the inquiry committee that looked into allegations of sexual harassment against former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, said that the panel’s report should have been made public, Bar and Bench reported on Wednesday.
“It would have cleared the air for him [Gogoi] and us,” she said in an interview to the website, days after her retirement on September 23.
A three-member committee of Banerjee and Justices SA Bobde and Indu Malhotra looked into allegations made by a woman who worked as a junior assistant at the Supreme Court. In April 2019, she had written to 22 Supreme Court judges, alleging that Gogoi had made sexual advances on her at his residence office in October 2018.
On May 6, 2019, the Supreme Court’s secretary general had said the inquiry panel had found “no substance” in her claims. The court had said that the contents of the report were not liable to be made public according to a 2003 judgement.
In the interview to Bar and Bench, Justice Banerjee said that the committee did not look into whether harassment took place or not, but whether Gogoi committed an act for which he could be removed from the post of chief justice.
She added that it was necessary to understand what harassment was.
“If somebody makes…