India’s top judge rejects sexual harassment allegations

                <p>By Ahmad Adil</p>    <p>CHANDIGARH, India, (AA) - India’s chief justice on Saturday rejected allegations of sexual harassment leveled by a former court employee, local media reported.</p>    <p>&quot;There is nothing more valuable than reputation of a judge [...] independence of judiciary is under very very serious threat. If the judges have to work under these conditions, good people will never come to this office,&quot; local broadcaster News18 quoted Ranjan Gagoi, the chief justice, as saying.</p>    <p>&quot;I don't think this can be a plot of a junior court assistant. There is a bigger plot. They want to deactivate the office of the CJI [Chief Justice of India],&quot; Gagoi went on to say.</p>    <p>Meanwhile, a response issued by secretary general of the Supreme Court of India, said the allegations were “completely and absolutely false and scurrilous and are totally denied.”</p>    <p>On Friday, the 35-year-old woman, whose name was not publicly disclosed, wrote a letter to all judges of the Supreme Court along with an affidavit in which she alleged two instances of sexual misconduct in October 2018, according to the Wire, a local news web portal.</p>    <p>The letter included a series of allegations that the woman and her family were victimized by a series of actions by the authorities -- including termination of her employment, and suspension of her husband and his brothers from Delhi police.</p>    <p>&quot;I have narrated the entire sequence of events in the attached affidavit which also contains the documents I have in my possession […] me and my family's victimisation is a consequence of my not agreeing to the sexual advances made by the Cheif Justice of India, Justice Ranjan Gagoi [...],&quot; read the letter, according to several local news website.</p>