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Protests after India's chief justice cleared

May 8, 2019 12:08 pm
Dozens of protesters gathered outside the Supreme Court. Ranjan Gogoi [top right] was sworn in as India's top judge in October

Indian police briefly detained more than 50 women protesting at the Supreme Court, a day after the chief justice was cleared of sexual harassment.

The activists had gathered outside the court in the capital Delhi to demand a fair inquiry into the allegations.

Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi has called the allegations “false” and an attempt to “destabilise the judiciary”.

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His accuser, a former court employee, withdrew from the inquiry after questioning its fairness.

Protesters want a new inquiry to be held, and for the report exonerating him to be made public.

“We were not allowed to protest even for five minutes!,” lawyer Amritananda Chakravorty tweeted.

“First the [Supreme Court] allows a farce process and then can’t even accept any criticism!”

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