CJI violated procedure by hearing own case, say Supreme Court lawyers

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  1. The Supreme Court Bar Association(SCBA) has called for a committee to be setup consists of Supreme Court judges to investigate and inquire into allegations of sexual harassment against Chief Justice of India by a former staffer at his office.
  2. They have also criticised the way the Chief Justice of India conducted judicial proceedings in the matter in violation of procedure established by law as well as principles of natural justice.They have said that according to the Supreme Court’s procedures,an in-house committee should have been set up to inquire into the incident.
  3. Earlier,Chief Justice of India had convened an urgent suo motu(of its own accord) hearing into the allegations of sexual harassment levelled against him by a former staffer.He had set up a three member bench headed by himself that comprised two other judges.
  4. During the hearing,CJI rejected the charges levelled against him. However,at the end of the hearing,the CJI withdrew himself from the matter and a judicial order was passed by the other two judges.