Faced with allegation, CJI turns heat on media
The recent allegations made by a dismissed employee of the Supreme Court of India against the Chief Justice of India, led Justice Ranjan Gogoi (against whom the allegations were made) to convene an out-of-turn bench. There has been intense public criticism of his action of convening the bench and making comments about the allegations since he is the person accused by a former staffer of the Apex Court.
The CJI had said that the allegations were made to "deactivate" the office of the CJI.
The special session was convened on a Saturday–a day that the SC does not hear matters–and was convened by a special mention by the Solicitor General of India, Tushar Mehta. Apart from the CJI, the bench comprised Justices Arun Mishra and Sanjeev Khanna.
The allegations were published by four online portals including on the website of The Caravan magazine.
The court, at the end of the session, passed an order that convened a bench to decide the allegations but also reacted to the media reports in the following manner:
"Having considered the matter, we refrain from passing any judicial order at this moment leaving it to the wisdom of the media to show restraint, act responsibly as is expected from them and accordingly decide what should or should not be published as wild and scandalous allegations undermine and irreparably damage reputation and negate independence of judiciary. We would therefore at this juncture leave it to the media to take off such material which is undesirable."