The Supreme Court on Thursday said that there is a systematic attack and game to malign the judiciary and expressed anguish at the way the institution is being treated.
The apex court was hearing the claims made by lawyer Utsav Bains that a larger conspiracy was at play to frame the Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi in a sexual harassment case.
A Special Bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra said that it was anguished with the way the judiciary has been treated for the past 3-4 years.
The Bench further said that the rich and powerful are “playing with fire” by thinking they can remote control the top court and this must stop.
“The way this institution is treated in last few years we must say that we will not survive if this will happen,” a bench also comprising Justices R.F. Nariman and Deepak Gupta said. It also said that 4-5 per cent lawyers are bringing a bad name to the institution.
The top court added that allegations of bench fixing is so serious that it requires investigation.
The court said it will pass an order at 2 pm on the future course of action on Bains' claims of conspiracy.
Bains had submitted proof in the Supreme Court on Wednesday that there was a conspiracy afoot to frame the CJI. He made the sensational claim that he was offered up to Rs 1.5 crore by a man named “Ajay” to frame a “false case of sexual harassment” against the CJI.
Justice Ranjan Gogoi has been accused of sexual harassment by a former employee who worked as a junior assistant at the Supreme Court. In an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court, the former employee alleged that she was terminated from her post following the incident.