The Delhi High Court judge, who replaces Justice Manmohan Singh as the chairperson, had kept his verdict on Chidambaram's plea reserved for seven months and pronounced the judgment just 72 hours before he retired.
While the panel of his peers has now given CJI Ranjan Gogoi a clean chit in the sexual harassment case, the report is not expected to mark the end of the crisis that the former SC staffer’s complaint has triggered
ML Sharma, the lawyer behind the plea, has named activist lawyers like Prashant Bhushan, Shanti Bhushan, Kamini Jaiswal, Vrinda Grover, Indira Jaising, Nina Gupta Bhasin and Dushyant Dave as parties in his PIL.
The woman told the judges that since her repeated requests for the presence of her lawyer during the panel's proceedings and it's audio and video recording had been denied, she no longer wants to participate in the inquiry.
After the Unnao girl alleged rape by the expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar, her father died in police custody, and uncle was jailed in a 19-year-old arms case. She is now battling for life after a road accident which also claimed lives of her two aunts.
The SC judgment comes at a time when the armed forces are grappling with a huge number of cases where officers are being prosecuted for “stealing the affections of a brother officer’s wife”—the common euphemism for adultery.