The former Supreme Court staffer, who levelled allegations of sexual harassment against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, appeared on Friday before the in-house inquiry panel of the apex court.
The three-member panel, headed by Justice S A Bobde, conducted its first in-chamber sitting during which the woman and the secretary general of the apex court appeared before it, a news agency quoted an official source as saying.
The source said the secretary general was present before the panel, also comprising two women judges — Indu Malhotra and Indira Banerjee — with all documents and materials.
During the hearing, only the woman was present and the secretary general was not privy to the proceedings, the source said. The advocate who had accompanied the woman to the apex court was also not part of the proceedings, the source said, adding that next date of the hearing would be fixed by the panel shortly.
On April 23, Justice Bobde had told reporters that the in-house procedure did not contemplate representation of advocates on behalf of parties as it was not a formal judicial proceedings.
“This is going to be an in-house procedure which does not contemplate representation of advocate on behalf of parties. It is not a formal judicial proceeding,” he said.
He had clarified that there was no time frame to complete the inquiry and the future course of action will depend on “what comes out of the inquiry” which will be “confidential”.
Justice Indu Malhotra was on Thursday appointed a new member of the committee after Justice N V Ramana recused himself.