Defamation case filed against former CJI Ranjan Gogoi

Defamation case filed against former CJI Ranjan Gogoi

Today, a defamation case has been filed against former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi by a social worker and office bearer of an NGO based in Assam. It has been claimed in the case that some wrong things have been said in his autobiography in the context of the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

Social worker, Abhijit Sharma filed a Rs 1 crore defamation case against former Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi in the Kamrup (Metro) District and Civil Judge's Court in Guwahati. Along with this, he has also demanded a ban on the former CJI's autobiography 'Justice for the Judge'. Sharma, president of the NGO Assam Public Works, has been vocal on various issues related to the NRC in the state.

He also filed a petition seeking an ad-interim injunction restraining Gogoi and his publisher from further publishing, distributing or selling any book which has defamatory statements and imputations against him.

Earlier, the petitioner filed a writ petition in the Apex Court to update the 1951 NRC in Assam. Also, during the pendency of the case, the process of NRC in Assam was started in 2015 under the supervision of the High Court. 

Sharma told the court in his petition that after retirement, the former CJI wrote some wrong things regarding the removal of NRC coordinator Prateek Hajela and his transfer to Madhya Pradesh. Also are of defamatory nature. The next hearing of the case will be on June 3.

Gogoi also referred to the party that took place after the bench's historic verdict on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case. He wrote in his autobiography that after the historic verdict on Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid on November 9, 2019, I had taken other judges of that bench to Hotel Taj Mansingh for dinner.

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