“I have nothing to say,” Ex-Judge facing sexual assault charges

“I have nothing to say,” Ex-Judge  facing sexual assault charges

Outlook magazine claims that the ex-Judge, who is alleged to have sexually assaulted a law school intern, said   “I have nothing to say,” when called for his response to the allegations. “I request you not to ask me any questions about it,” he added from his office. He neither confirmed nor denied that SJ and the other student had worked for him”.

According to the magazine

(a)    It was the Judge who adjudicated a high-profile scam that triggered the freefall of UPA’s reputation.

(b)   He became the chief of a Human Rights body shortly after his ret­irement,

(c)    He is currently an honorary Professor at a Law University where he teaches a course on constitutional litigation.

(d)   He was part of a committee which appointed the vice-chancellor of the University (NUJS)

(e)   He has served as chief justice of two high courts and was then elevated to the apex court.

Since the above clues are more than sufficient to identify the Judge, the other Judges who were retired after the incident are out of suspicion now.

According to the magazine “teachers, administrators and students of the university the girl graduated from confirmed that SJ and another graduate did go to work for the said judge in 2012. The two law students were informally deputed to work for the retired SC judge as research associates on a book he was writing. The judge had requested the university’s vice-chancellor to send him interns for this purpose. The VC obliged and SJ and another student were sent. The judge is currently an honorary professor at a law university where he teaches a course on constitutional litigation.”

The magazine narrates the incident as “The alleged incident took place in a pro­minent hotel on Christmas eve where the judge was staying during a visit to the capital. SJ was summoned by the judge to his hotel. It is learnt that he even asked the hotel staff to arrange for a separate room for her. After they dec­lined his request, he apparently sug­gested that SJ stay in his room given the apparent danger to women during late hours in Delhi. She declined. He then allegedly made the advan­ces, the girl now reports. She went to the lobby, sought help and left the hotel”.