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Yesterday I was in Kufri in Shimla with my friends. They was very excited to see Kufri because they had heard a lot of praise about Kufri. But when they reached Kufri what we saw first was a overflowing garbage container, surrounded by litter all around. I wonder what kind of impression tourist get when they come across this garbage on this popular International tourist spot. I feel ashamed and sorry for the people and Shimla for they follow such poor garbage disposal habits. In this way, Shimla is going to turn into a very ugly scene very soon.

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It’ll Take $100 Billion a Year To Stop Very First Human-Made Biodiversity Catastrophe: Scientists

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Cost of saving biodiversity on earth

There have been five mass extinctions in the history of the Earth. But in the 21st century, scientists now estimate that society must urgently come to grips this coming decade to stop the very first human-made biodiversity catastrophe.

“The sixth extinction is on our societyʻs shoulders; it really is,” said ecologist Greg Asner, who serves on the faculty of the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning and the School of Earth and Space Exploration and came to Arizona State University this past January to lead the new Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science.

“We have to make a decision about where to save biodiversity, and where to let it go,” said Asner. “That’s where we are now. We are playing that game as a society. Unfortunately, it’s gotten to that point because we are dominating the planet.”

Asner is one of 19 international authors with a bold new science policy proposal to reverse the tide, called A Global Deal for Nature (GDN). The policy’s mission is simple: Save the diversity and abundance of life on Earth — for the price tag of $100 billion a year.

“It’s not a huge price tag,” said Asner. “That’s not a pie-in-the-sky number, but one we had to meet on and agree on. I know that those numbers are not outlandish.”

Consider that in 2018 alone, the top two most profitable U.S. companies, Apple and Berkshire Hathaway, almost matched that amount. What’s the price of saving the Earth by comparison?

Societal investment in the GDN plan would, for the first time, integrate and implement climate and nature deals on a global scale to avoid human upheaval and biodiversity loss.

While the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement was the first major accord to take global action toward climate change policies, the international team of GDN scientists believe a similar companion pact is desperately needed to implement the very first global nature conservation plan to meet these challenges.

“All nations have signed on to this (Paris) agreement,” wrote corresponding author Eric Dinerstein, of the Washington, D.C.-based nongovernmental organization Resolve. “But the Paris agreement is only a half-deal; it will not alone save the diversity of life on Earth or conserve ecosystem services upon which humanity depends.

“The Global Deal for Nature is a time-bound, science-based plan to save the diversity and abundance of life on Earth. Without the Global Deal for Nature, the goals of the Paris climate deal become unreachable; worse, we face the unraveling of the Earth’s natural ecosystems that sustain human life. Achieving the milestones and targets of the Global Deal for Nature is the best gift we can offer to future generations — an environmental reset, a pathway to an Eden 2.0. We must seize this hopeful pathway.”

The study, published in Science Advances, titled “A Global Deal For Nature: Guiding principles, milestones, and targets”

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HPBOSE +2 Exam Results Declared, Private Schools Grab Top Positions in All Streams

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HPBose results 2019

Shimla-Himachal Pradesh School Education Board, Dharamshala, on April 22, 2019, has declared the class 12th result, examination for which was held between 6 to March 29, 2019.

As per the Board, out of total 95,492 students appeared in +2 for science, commerce and arts streams, 58949 students passed the exam and 16102 were placed under compartment. The overall result dropped to 62.1 % from 70.18% in 2018 and 72.89% in 2017. Total 49, 136 male students appeared in the exam and 28,375 passed it.  Among total 45,784 female candidates, 30, 574 cleared the exam.

Students of private schools have grabbed the top positions in all the streams. However, the number of students of government schools is reported to be higher than private schools in the merit list.

In Arts, Ashmita Sharma (DAV School Una) became the topper by obtaining 482/500 (96.4%) marks.  In Science, Anil Kumar (Sai Star School Dhalpur, Kullu) secured the first position by obtaining 493/500 (98.6%) marks. In Commerce, Preeti Birsanta (Career Academy School, Nahan) topped with 494/500 (98.8%) marks.

Candidates can visit the HPBOSE official website to check their results. However,  with the declaration of the results, the official website of the HPBOSE has become non-responsive due to high traffic.

Students can also check the result via SMS. One can send a message to 56263 — HP12 <space> roll number to access the result via text message. In addition, the results are also available HPBOSE’s partner websites like examresults.net and indiaresults.com

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Majesty of The Court and Sexual Harassment

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Everything about SC Justice Gogoi Sexual Harrassement

The first principle of natural justice consists of the rule against bias or interest and is based on three maxims:

  • No man shall be a judge in his own cause
  • Justice should not only be done but manifestly and undoubtedly be seen to be done and
  • Judges, like Caesar’s wife, should be above suspicion

Having the above cardinal principles in mind, it is sad to see what has happened in the Hon’ble Apex Court today. The Court assembled to hear a matter involving sexual harassment charges against the Chief Justice. The three-judge bench was surprisingly headed by the Chief Justice himself. The matter was listed on the pretext that issues of grave public importance concerning ‘independence of the judiciary” were involved. Eventually, an order was passed which was only signed by two judges, excluding the Chief, even though he was a part of the bench. The order advised media to show restraint. (which amounts to a partial gag). The order also stated that no action on the judicial side would be taken at this moment, ironically the order itself is a judicial act.

There seems to be a concern that ‘faith of the people in the institution’ which is of paramount importance is under threat due to the scandalous allegations made against a sitting CJI. However, it is the firm opinion of the author that the Hon’ble Chief Justice is not the institution, nor is any individual judge or a lawyer. The institution is standing on the values which have evolved through hundreds of years of evolution and practice.

In the present matter what can save the dignity of the office is a meticulous, transparent and impartial inquiry which can act as a disinfectant to such allegations. The use of the judicial/constitutional office to term the allegations as outrightly scandalous, and also taking up the matter on the judicial side on an urgent basis is highly questionable. Perhaps the best possible recourse would have been to follow the established procedure which is applied in regular sexual assault complaints. The law and procedure for sexual harassment at the workplace are well established, and the law is the same for all. A strong presumption is on the word of women in such cases and the complaints have to be taken seriously.

Law is a noble profession, the practitioners have to lead by example and have to be ready for the strongest of tests in the face of such allegations.

Having said that, it’s my duty to remind the readers of one more cardinal principle before they go through the factual matrix, that ‘a man is innocent until proven guilty‘,.

FACTs

In an affidavit addressed to the Supreme Court, the former Court officer has alleged that following the sexual assault incident, she as unceremoniously terminated from her post. Moreover, she alleges that the trail of harassment has followed since her termination, culminating in a frivolous FIR filed in March this year against her and her family.

Proceedings of the bench as reported by journalists from within the courtroom;

CJI Bench assembles.

CJI speaking about criminal cases against the lady who alleged sexual harassment against him “This is unbelievable. I should not stoop low even in denying it.” A bank balance of Rs. 6 lakh 80 thousand is all I have as bank balance”, CJI Ranjan Gogoi.

They cannot catch me on money, so they have brought up this. This is the reward a CJI gets after 20 years and a bank balance of Rs. 6,80,000. Independence of judiciary is under very very serious threat. I had to tell this from the judicial seat”, CJI Ranjan Gogoi.

“Less than 10 hours notice was given to me to respond. What I want to tell citizens is that judiciary of this country is under serious threat”, CJI Ranjan Gogoi.

“I will sit on this Bench and discharge my duties without fear and favour till my tenure is over”, CJI Ranjan Gogoi.

SG Tushar Mehta says it should be taken very very seriously.

“Things have gone too far. Judiciary cannot be made scapegoat”, CJI Ranjan Gogoi.

“Rubbish being published”, SG Tushar Mehta.

I am an officer of this Court, I was also under attack for defending the government, AG KK Venugopal.

Why would any sane person want to become a judge, reputation is all that we have. And that is also under attack, CJI Ranjan Gogoi.

We are not passing any judicial order at this moment. We, however, ask media to show restraint, responsibility and wisdom so that independence of the judiciary is not affected by baseless allegations, Supreme Court.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta prods the Bench to register a complaint in his name but court refrains as of now.

Bench rises

In a response made today, the Supreme Court Secretary General’s office the Court stated;

“The allegations regarding 11 October 2018, as well as other allegations as can be discerned from your emails, are completely and absolutely false and scurrilous and are totally denied.

The registry of the Supreme Court of India had posted this individual, who was employed at a level equal to a lower division clerk, in a routine manner at the residence office of the Hon’ble The Chief Justice of India, where in addition to her, there were several other employees also working as a part of the home office of the CJI, and at any given point of time, there were atleast 5-6 other present as a part of the home office of the CJI.

She worked as part of the home office of the Chief Justice of India only for a short period, and as informed, given the nature of her duties, she had no occasion to interact directly with the Chief Justice of India.Ms. ABCDEFGHI was dismissed from service as per procedure.

Her brother-in-law was terminated as he was only a temporary employee at that stage and his performance and conduct was reported not to be satisfactory. It is not open to anyone to make unsolicited calls or uninvited approaches to the office of the Chief Justice of India, especially an employee who has already been dismissed, and who previously engaged in inappropriate conduct.

Since unsolicited calls and messages were received by the office of the CJI, a complaint had been made by the registry of the Supreme Court. Whether departmental enquiry was initiated against any member of her family by the Delhi Police, is something which the Delhi Police authorities might have done as per rules. The motive behind these false and scurrilous allegations is obviously mischievous.

As referred to in your letter, there is a criminal case pending against her, where very serious allegation has been made, of her having taken a bribe to assure employment in the Supreme Court of India. It has been learnt that there is an application for the cancellation of bail earlier granted to her, which is listed for hearing on 20.04.2019 on account of her having made threats to the complainant of the said case.

It would be extremely relevant to mention that the concerned individual and her family have criminal antecedents. There were previously 2 criminal cases which had been instituted against her i.e. (1) FIR No. 484/11, P.S. Hari Nagar u/s 324, 341, 354, 506, 34 IPC; (2) DD No. 30A dated 05.03.2012 u/s 107/150, IPC, P.S. Hari Nagar, SEM Court, Moti Nagar. Throughout her employment in the Supreme Court, whether during her posting at home office of the CJI, or even subsequently after she was transferred out of the home office of the Chief Justice of India, or at the time she was terminated, or even thereafter, there were no complaints made by her of the nature now being alleged. It is not only mischievous but a complete afterthought of her to make these false allegations at this time.

In fact, on the other hand, in the interregnum, there were complaints made against her by the secretariat of the Chief Justice of India, to the Secretary General on account of her inappropriate behavior, and this resulted in her transfer out of the home office of the CJI.

Apart from the misconduct formally recorded in the complaint by the secretariat, there were other counts of misconduct on her part. It appears that these false allegations are being made as a pressure tactic to somehow come out of the various proceedings, which have been initiated in law, against her and her family, for their own wrong doings.

It is also very possible that there are mischievous forces behind all this, with an intention to malign the institution. Secretary General, Supreme Court of India”

Complaint Letter and Sworn Affidavit that the complainant has sent to the Judges of the Supreme Court of India discloses that (DISCLAIMER: Name of the woman has been changed to “X” to protect her privacy);

May 2014 –       X, whose husband is a head constable in the Delhi Police and mother of a 7-year-old daughter, is appointed Junior Court Assistant in the Supreme Court of India.
–       She is posted to the Legislation section of the Supreme Court Library
–       Her job involves typing and documentation work in the library.
–       During court hours she is sent to different courts to help Court Masters with arranging books and judgments during court proceedings and answering the intercom.  
2015 X enrols for an LLB degree in CCS University, Meerut while she is employed.
May 28, 2015 X  receives her Annual Confidential Report (ACR) evaluating her work between May 2014 – March 21, 2015. Her grading is “Good”
2015 X is assigned to work in Justice Vikramjit Sen’s court for close to 10 months
August 5, 2016 X receives her second ACR for the period April 1, 2015 – March 21, 2016. Her grading “very good”
October 2016 X is assigned to work as Junior Court Assistant in Justice Ranjan Gogoi’s court, since his regular junior court assistant had gone on leave. Her work involves providing support to Court Masters during court proceedings.
2016-2018 X continues to work in Justice Gogoi’s court
January 2018 X does not go to Justice Gogoi court for 10 days because she was preparing for her LLB exams. She did this with permission from her immediate boss. She takes a few days off to appear for her LLB exams.  
January 2018 –       X rejoins court work.
–       Justice Gogoi calls X to his chamber in the Supreme Court for the first time. He tells her she was good at her work in getting citations; he enquires about her areas of interest and her family; and he asks if she would be able to do research.

  He also asks how she balances her professional and private life.  
January 2018 – May 2018 –       Justice Gogoi assigns work that is of a more responsible nature, not part of her mandate, and for which she has no training – that of preparing case summaries. Justice Gogoi would tell her to speak her mind and not worry
May 2018 –       Just before court vacations, Justice Gogoi invites her to a staff lunch on May 19, 2018.
–       X attends the lunch
May 19, 2018 to July 1, 2018 Summer vacations in the Supreme Court
–       Justice Gogoi summons her to his residence from the library landline. He informs her of a book launch at the Constitution Club that he insists she should attend along with her husband
–       Justice Gogoi calls her again a few days later insisting that she attend the book launch and to bring her husband along as the programme would end late
–       X and her husband attend the book launch
July 2, 2018 –       The Supreme Court reopens after the summer vacations –       Justice Gogoi calls all his staff for a meeting
–       Justice Gogoi specifically asks X about her vacations, her daughter and the work assigned to her
July 2018   –       Justice Gogoi continues to assign case briefs to her
–       On one occasion Justice Gogoi gives X some sweets to give to her daughter –       He asks her to bring her husband to meet him on July 31, 2018
July 31, 2018 –       X’s husband comes to meet Justice Gogoi, following the judge’s request.
–       Justice Gogoi spends two hours with both of them.
–       Justice Gogoi tells her husband in Hindi that the work X is doing is well above her rank (jis rank par kaam kar rahi hain, is level se bada upar hain)
–       He also tells the husband that if X works hard, she will reach high in her profession (agar mehnat kare to bohot upar pahunch sakti hain)
–       Justice Gogoi also tells both of them to approach him if they have any difficulties
August 2018   –       Justice Gogoi asks X about her exam results and compliments her on her marks
–       He says she should be doing something better than “pulling out books” as “any illiterate person can pull out books from the court”  
August 2018 –       Justice Gogoi summons X to his chamber in court; expresses irritation that she had not taken his calls
–       When she says that she had not received any calls from him, he demands to see her phone to check her call logs. She explains that she had blocked unknown numbers.
–       He crosschecks by calling her number and when he sees the call does not go through, he asks her to save his number. She also changes the setting on her phone
–       He gives her another number which he says is his private number  and only another member of this trusted staff has, and yet another number which he says is to be used for WhatsApp communication
–       Justice Gogoi says he will be using these numbers to communicate confidential information and that she should not receive calls on this number in front of her family  
August 2018 –        Justice Gogoi continues to summon X to his chamber in the Supreme Court and to assign work to her.
–        He would WhatsApp and call several times during the day, during non-court hours and late evenings
–       He instructed her to call him in the morning from her home to find out if he needed books and other materials to be kept ready for him at the Supreme Court chamber
August 2018 –       Justice Gogoi calls X to his chamber where he informs her that he will soon be the Chief Justice of India and that he needs staff that he can trust and are competent.
–       He says he needs someone to work out of his residence office and informs her immediate superior
–       Justice Gogoi instructs X to speak to his Private Personal Secretary, HK Juneja to discuss the modalities of the transfer
–       Juneja discusses with X the need to maintain confidentiality at all times
–       Juneja also mentions that she is the youngest employee to be appointed to the post
–       She expresses her gratitude
–       Juneja also assures her that her work timings will remain the same as before viz 10am to 5pm
August 11, 2018 onwards –       X is posted at the residence office of Justice Ranjan Gogoi at 10, Tees January Marg, New Delhi and the staff member who was already at the office is transferred back to the Supreme Court
–       X senses some resentment for being a junior employee with no knowledge of shorthand like the other staff
August 27, 2018 –       The official transfer order regarding X’s transfer to Justice Gogoi’s residence office is issued.
–       Even though the office timings were initially between 9 am and 5 pm, X is required to arrive at 8 am
–       She also finds that the two officers who were on the morning shift at the residence office are shifted to the afternoon or evening shift.
–       A staff member with the ability to take shorthand, assigned to train X, is also moved to the afternoon shift at 3 pm.
–       Justice Gogoi’s timings are 8am-9: 45 am at the residence office in the morning, when X is summoned several times. He would return from the Supreme Court at 4:30 or 5 pm.

–       During this period Justice Gogoi calls X to his residence office room and instructs her to send him a “Good Morning” message every morning on WhatsApp
–       Even though she finds it “strange”, she starts messaging him every morning at around 6-6: 30 am
–       He also asks her to inform him on WhatsApp that she had reached home after work.
–       On days that she forgets, he sends a “?” message and seeks an explanation the following day.
–       He comments that he has noticed on WhatsApp that she is up at 12 midnight.
–       Every morning, on reporting to work, Justice Gogoi asks to see her phone and instructs her to delete all message from him
–       She assumes this is the norm, since the work she does with the judge is confidential


–       On one occasion, he tells X she is one among his three assets that include his wife and daughter.
–       “You will be the third person I will be inviting,” he says of his oath-taking ceremony for becoming the Chief Justice of India
–       He asks her to work diligently without taking any leave as he is due to become the Chief Justice
–       He arranges a car assigned to NALSA to drop her off at the nearest metro station when she mentions problems at home due to long work hours
–       Justice Gogoi repeatedly tells X that he is in a position to help her
–       He offers to provide her accommodation close to his residence so that she is readily available for work
–       She declines his offer and informs him that she is comfortable with her present accommodation
–       She informs the judge of her disabled brother in- law in need of work
–       Justice Gogoi promises to help once he is Chief Justice
–       He tells X as Chief Justice he will be able to use his discretionary quota to make appointments to the Supreme Court registry
October 2018 Preparations for Justice Gogoi’s oath-taking ceremony as Chief Justice of India
–       X is asked to work on preparing for a celebratory party
–       X’s husband is invited to the party
October 2, 2018 Party at Justice Gogoi’s residence
–       X meets Justice Gogoi’s daughter and son-in-law. Takes photo.
October 2018 Justice Gogoi’s swearing in ceremony
–       X and her husband are officially invited
–       She is one among a select few whose spouses are invited to the ceremony
October 10, 2018 –       The Chief Justice calls her to his room; asks her to sit on a chair across his desk and tells her that her brother in-law had been appointed even though he was found to be medically unfit.
–       X expresses her gratitude  
October 10, 2018 –       It is the first day of Navaratri and X is not in her standard black and white uniform but in coloured clothes
–       Chief Justice tells X, “You are looking pretty good today”

Justice Gogoi is now Chief Justice of India
–       Chief Justice Gogoi asks for her brother in-law’s resume
–       A few days later, he is interviewed and appointed court attendant through the Chief Justice’s discretionary quota.
October 10, 2018 –       The Chief Justice asks her at this stage:
–       “What can you do for me?”
–       X says she is grateful, and her whole family is grateful
October 10, 2018 –       The Chief Justice, who is standing next to her, places his hand at the back of her head and slides it along her back to her hipline till her lower back
–       X stiffens; the Chief Justice senses her resistance, pulls her cheeks and says he behave like his with his daughter too
–       The Chief Justice again asks X what she can do for him. She repeats she is grateful
–       “No, no I know you will not speak, so write it down and show me,” he says
–       The Chief Justice then continues to assign official work to her –       X is stunned at the Chief Justice’s behaviour but carries on with her work
October 11, 2018 –       In the morning, the Chief Justice summons X to his residence office.
–       She stands by the door with her notepad and pen as is the norm
–       Chief Justice asks her to sit across the desk from him
–       He comments that her whole family must be happy with the brother-in-law’s appointment
–       He says “If you put on weight, you will look good”
–       The Chief Justice offers her sweets that are in his room and says it is she who should be giving him sweets  because of the brother-in-law’s job
October 11, 2018 –       The Chief Justice of India again asks A: “So what can you do for me?”
–       He asks her if she had written down anything about what she could do for him.
–       She remembers writing the following: “Your Lordship is a blessing to me; words cannot describe how thankful I am; I will always be grateful for all that Your Lordship is doing for me; my entire family is grateful; I am grateful for your support.”
October 11, 2018 –       The Chief Justice reads the piece of paper
–       He gets up from his chair and walks across to the left of where X is sitting.
–       X stands up as the Chief Justice is also standing
–       He takes the notepad from her hand and put it on the desk
–       He pinches her cheeks
–       He then puts his arms around her waist from the front
–       The Chief Justice says, “I want this from you”
–       He hugs her from around her waist
–       He touches her all over her body with his arms
–       He presses his body against hers
–       He does not let go of her
–       He tells her, “Hold me”.
–       She struggles to move away but since the Chief Justice refuses to let go, she pushes him away with her hands
–       Because of the force she uses, he hits his head against a bookshelf/cabinet.
–       X leaves the Chief Justice’s office room in a state of shock
October 11, 2018 –       A few minutes later after the above incident, X is summoned again to the Chief Justice’s office
–       He tells her not to share what has happened in his room with anybody (Jo yahan hua hai, you will not share with anybody)
–       X is afraid and agrees
–       The Chief Justice then dictates to X to write on the piece of paper she has with her “I will not harm your dignity, will you let me hold you”
–       Even though X realizes she was being manipulated, out of intense fear, she writes as he dictates.
–       X is unable to work that day. She is dizzy and in a state of shock and unable to work and leaves for home.
October 11, 2018 –       On reaching home X finds she has received several calls from Badar, Administrative Department, Supreme Court Registry and Mathani, Secretary General of the Supreme Court, asking after her welfare. This is the first time that she has received calls from both persons
–       When Badar asks her if all is well between her and her husband, she realizes that the Chief Justice has “concocted a story” since all the staff had noticed that her behaviour had not been normal that day
October 11, 2018 –       X calls the Chief Justice on his phone to tell him she can no longer work for him
–       He does not receive the call
–       He asks his personal secretary to tell her not to disturb the Chief Justice at that time, even though it had been normal for him to send her WhatsApp messages late into the night.
–       She hears from her neighbours later that the SHO from the Tilak Marg police station had called the President of the colony where she lives to find out if all was well between  her and her husband
October 12 2018 –       The Chief Justice’s behaviour has changed dramatically
–       He says her family will greatly be disturbed if the incident of October 10 is disclosed.
–       He stops calling her to his residence office as often
–       When he does summon her to his office, he asks a peon to accompany her and insists on leaving the office door open
–       He tells her to continue sending “Good Morning” messages and to behave and work normally
October 2018 –       X is stressed and unable to function normally. The staff notice and question her. She does not talk about the incidents to anybody, not even her husband.
–       A week after the incident she informs the Chief Justice that she will be unable to work from his residence office  
October 22, 2018 –       X is moved out of the residence office of the Chief Justice to the Centre for Research and Planning in the Supreme Court.
–       When her immediate superior comments that she has got such a senior post she says everything is not as it seems “jaisadikhtahaiwaisahotanahinhai”
End October, 2018 –        The Chief Justice visits the Centre for Research and Planning with Justices Bobde and Ramana. He tells the two judges that I am a good worker and bright.
–       A few days later he asks the Secretary General to bring her to his Supreme Court chamber where he asks her if she is willing to rejoin his court.
–       X firms refuses
November 16, 2018 X’s seat is changed to the Administrative Material Section.
November 17, 2018 –       X applies for leave as it is a Saturday and she needs to attend her daughter’s school function
–       Her supervisor advises her to report to work after the function.
–       The function goes on till 12:15pm and as Saturday is half day, she informs the supervisor who she has been in touch with throughout the day, that she will be able to attend office because of the delay.
November 19, 2018 –       X is issued a memorandum that rendered her liable for disciplinary action under the Conduct Rules
–       The reasons given for the memorandum include: o   Questioning the decision of senior officers regarding change of posting and seating o   Taking unauthorized leave
November 22, 2018 –       X submits her written reply explaining that she had not sought to change seats, nor questioned her senior officers’ decision.
–       She submits that she had applied for casual leave on November 17 and had been unable to attend office after her daughter’s school function because it had overrun into the afternoon and Saturday was a half day working day only
November 22, 2018 X is transferred to the Library Division – her third transfer in one month
November 26, 2018 X receives a memorandum stating that her explanation of November 22 was not found satisfactory and that further action is contemplated under the Supreme Court Officers and Servants (Conditions of Service and Conduct) Rules, 1961
November 27, 2018 –       X receives a suspension order, stating that disciplinary proceedings were being contemplated against her.
–       For the first time after the incidents involving the Chief Justice of India, she tells her husband about her sexual harassment at the hands of the Chief Justice
November 27, 2018 X receives another memorandum stating that an enquiry was being instituted against her for committing misconduct under Rule 13 of the Supreme Court Officers and Servants (Conditions of Service and Conduct) Rules, 1961. The charges include:
–       Showing dissatisfaction with seating arrangements
–       Exerting pressure to have seating changed
–       Unauthorizedly absenting herself on November 17, 2018
November 27, 2018 X’s husband, Head Constable in Delhi Police is suddenly transferred from the Crime Branch division in the third battalion
December 6, 2018 X denies all charges against her with respect to the departmental inquiry being instituted for her misconduct.
–       With regard to the seating arrangement, X explains in her reply that the fact that she had within three weeks been posted in three different places had made her anxious and she had expressed her anxiety to the Branch Officer, Administrative Materials Section
–       She denied exerting pressure to have her seating changed. She only expressed her worry at the frequent change and had asked to find out if she had done anything wrong
–       Her reply with regard to her taking leave on a Saturday to attend her daughter’s school function remained the same as before
December 10, 2018 X receives notice that a Departmental Enquiry is being conducted. Surya Pratap Sigh, Registrar is appointed Enquiry Officer
December 15, 2018 X writes to Surya Pratap Singh saying that she would like to appoint a defence assistant.
December 17, 2018 –       X is asked to appear for her defence statement at 10:30 am –       While waiting to be called in to the enquiry room, X faints and is rushed to Ram Manohar Lohia hospital in a state of unconsciousness.
–       The medical report that X received from the hospital attests to the fact that she was brought  to the hospital by staff and in an unconscious state
December 18, 2018 –       X is informed by the Registrar (Admin) that a departmental enquiry conducted against her had found all charges levelled against her to be proved.
–       The report says X was given an opportunity to lead defence evidence, but she had not appeared; as a result, the enquiry had proceeded ex parte
December 20, 2018 –       X’s husband submitted her defence statement to the Registrar in which she denied all charge
–       He also submitted a note stating that she had had to be hospitalized, and was taken from the Supreme Court premises just before the enquiry proceedings had begun on December 17, 2018  
December 21, 2018 X is dismissed from service without granting her any opportunity to rebut the charges against her
December 28, 2018 X’s husband, and his brother, who is also a constable in the Delhi Police, receive a call that they have been suspended
December 29, 2018 X’s husband, receives a letter of suspension. No reason is given. The letter says he is suspended “pending enquiry into conduct”
December 29, 2018 Realising that every member of their family was under attack and believing that the attack was on account of X’s rejection of the sexual advances made by the Chief Justice of India, X’s husband calls HK Juneja, the personal secretary to the Chief Justice of India, to seek help to set up a meeting with the CJI. Juneja denies any knowledge of their situation
December 31, 2018 X’s husband is informed that a complaint had been made against him for making unsolicited calls to the Chief Justice’s personal secretary
January 2, 2019 X’s husband receives orders from the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Vikas Puri stating that departmental action was being initiated against him for making unsolicited calls to the office of the Chief Justice. This, the order said, amounted to official misconduct
January 9, 2019 –       X’s husband receives yet another order from the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Vikas Puri stating that he had links with local gamblers and had approached the SHO Tilak Nagar to allow ‘satta activities’ and that disciplinary activities would be initiated. It mentioned a 2012 criminal complaint against him and his brother, a complaint that had been compounded  on January 12, 2017.
–       X’s husband was transferred from 3rdBn DAP to 2nd Bn DAP so that joint departmental enquiries could be carried out against him and his brother
January 10, 2019 –       X’s husband was summoned by Naresh Solanki, SHO, Tilak Marg, Police Station where he (X’s husband) was told that if X apologized to the Chief Justice of India, their problems would be solved –       On asking him what we needed to apologize for, the SHO said he had no idea
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