Four online portals published a detailed account ofallegations made by a former Supreme Court employee against the current Chief Justice of India. The complaint and the response by the Secretary-General, Supreme Court was also published. CJI Gogoi as the master of the roster, today constituted a bench comprising of himself, Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Sanjiv Khanna as "In Re: Matter of great public importance touching upon the independence of the judiciary – mentioned by Shri Tushar Mehta, Solicitor General of India".
I wish to highlight certain aspects surrounding the urgent constitution of the bench and ancillary issues –
Since the allegations are against the highest judicial office, in the interest of independence of judiciary, the law should take its own course. In this case, "Not only must Justice be done; it must also be seen to be done" as it affects not an individual but the entire justice delivery system in the country.
It is also trite law that whosoever you may be, the law is above you. Whether the allegations are true or false and whether there is a larger ploy involved to destabilize the institution of judiciary, needs a detailed enquiry.