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Such things should not happen to high-level officials, says CJI

It was upto the government to decide on what steps should be taken to handle the issue, ‘but as an individual, it should not happen to our high officials,’ he told reporters on the sidelines of a convocation function.

On the issue of former Supreme Court Judge AK Ganguly, acccused of sexually harassing a woman law intern, the CJI said that post-retirement, a judge is considered a normal citizen and therefore it was upto the person concerned to proceed further.

Earlier, a three-judge panel appointed by Chief Justice Sathasivam had indicted Justice Ganguly by holding that the statement of the intern, both written and oral, had prima facie disclosed ‘an act of unwelcome behaviour (unwelcome verbal/non-verbal conduct of sexual nature)’ by the judge with her in the Le Meridien hotel room on 24 December last year.

Asked about a former CBI officer involved in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case purportedly confessing he had not recorded the statement verbatim of one of the death convicts AG Perarivalan, the Chief Justice refused to make any remarks since a related case is pending in the Supreme Court.

The Apex Court is looking into the mercy pleas of Perarivalan and two others--Murugan and Santhan.
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