After alleged fake calls of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi surfaced, where an impersonator was urging high court judges to name lawyers for elevation and recommendation, the CJI has now ordered a probe. CJI Gogoi has requested people not to fall for such calls
New Delhi: Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has ordered an inquiry into the alleged fake calls made by someone impersonating him. The calls were allegedly made to two high court justices seeking recommendation of names of some lawyers as high court Judges.
The calls were made to Telangana hight court Chief Justice TB Radhakrishnan and the acting Chief Justice of Karnataka high court L Narayana Swamy allegedly by a man impersonating CJI Gogoi. The alleged impersonator had asked the judges regarding recommendations and even requested to elevate the advocates.
The impostor first called up Justice Swamy claiming to be the CJI’s private secretary, HK Juneja. He then went on to say that he was calling on behalf of Justice Gogoi and wanted names of certain advocates in the Karnataka high court to be elevated as judges.
He then called Justice Swamy after two days and said the CJI wanted to speak to him directly. The caller then tried to mimic Justice Gogoi’s voice and reiterated his request for the names of advocates.
The incident came to light after the office of the CJI had routine conversations with Justices Radhakrishanan and Swamy, following which a complaint was lodged at the Tilak Nagar police station in Delhi. The Supreme Court’s secretary-general, Sanjeev Kalgaonkar, has also ordered a probe.
Justice Gogoi had convened a high-level meeting with the top court's telecommunication wing. It was confirmed that calls from a mobile could be routed through the court's EPBX system using a software. According to reports, the impostor, whose identity has not yet known, managed to hack into the Supreme Court’s telephone system.
The CJI has now gone on to issue an advisory to the judges of high courts not to entertain such calls.
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Last Updated 19, Feb 2019, 3:15 PM