AIBA general secretary Jaydeep Mukherjee and HRDI general secretary Rajesh Gogna said that they will be submitting a memorandum to the President of India for demanding his immediate removal.

“He has only seven days for resignation. If he will not tender his resignation within the given time, we would hold a sit-in protest in front of National Green Tribunal,” Jaydeep Mukherjee told mediapersons.  

He also called upon the advocates at the National Green Tribunal to boycott the bench of Justice (Retd.) Kumar till the time he does not step down from his post.

Rajesh Gogna on his part condemned the former Supreme Court judge’s decision to move the Delhi High Court seeking to restrain the media from reporting the alleged sexual assault case.

“Instead of showing willingness to subject himself to investigation he has been sending legal notice to media houses threatening legal action against them. It is clear violation of freedom of press which is guaranteed under the Constitution of India,” he said.

The Supreme Court earlier in the day agreed to hear a petition filed by a former law intern, who has made allegations against Swatanter Kumar, to constitute a permanent mechanism to deal with sexual harassment cases at work place in judicial bodies.

A three-Judge bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam, however, made it clear that at this moment it was not expressing any opinion on the allegations made by the intern against Justice (Retd.) Kumar and issued notice to the Centre.

The Apex Court bench also issued notice to Justice (Retd.) Kumar and to the Secretary General of the Supreme Court, who were made parties by the intern in the petition.

The bench also appointed senior advocates Fali S Nariman and K K Venugopal as amicus curiae in the case and directed Attorney General G E Vahavati to assist it in the matter.


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