New Delhi: Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi during the farewell ceremony of Justice A.K. Sikri in New Delhi, on March 6, 2019. . Image Source: IANS News

New Delhi, April 20 : Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Saturday claimed that the independence of the judiciary was under threat.

"I will sit on this bench and discharge my duties without fear and favour till my tenure is over," Chief Justice Gogoi said at an urgent hearing on a matter of great public importance after there were media reports alleging sexual harassment charges against him.

"Things have gone too far. Judiciary cannot be made a scapegoat", Justice Gogoi said.

There was a larger conspiracy to destabilise the judiciary which has remained independent, he said. There was some bigger force behind the woman, with criminal track record, making sexual harassment charges against him, Justice Gogoi said.

An apex court bench of CJ Gogoi, Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Sanjeev Khanna conducted the hearing at 10.30 a.m. after Solicitor General Tushar Mehta urgently mentioned the matter.

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