Justice Patnaik completes probe into larger conspiracy against CJI

A Supreme Court-appointed one-man panel, holding inquiry into allegations of 'larger conspiracy' to frame Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, has completed its task and is likely to submit the report by mid September.

Sources said that Justice A.K Patnaik, a retired Supreme Court judge who was appointed by the apex court, examined advocate Utsav Singh Bains.

Bains had made several allegations including fixing of benches in the Supreme Court.

"The affidavit filed by Bains and other documents were examined by the panel. Now, the panel will complete the report and submit it to the Supreme Court in a sealed cover by second week of September," said a source.

Justice Patnaik examined the lawyer from 11 am to 1 pm and his statement was recorded.

"The lawyer (Bains) was examined on Tuesday by the panel for roughly two hours. He had come to the office of Justice Patnaik," the sources said.

The top court had on April 25 constituted the panel to hold inquiry into the allegations of Bains and had asked the Directors of CBI and Intelligence Bureau (IB) as also the Delhi Police Commissioner to cooperate with Justice Patnaik as and when required by him.

A special bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra had said that on the completion of inquiry, Justice Patnaik will file a report in a sealed cover before the court after which the matter will be heard again.