No differences between AG and govt: Jaitley

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. PTI File photo

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday rubbished reports of differences between Attorney General K K Venugopal and the government on the sexual harassment case against Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, saying it is "absolutely incorrect".

His comments came following reports about Venugopal writing to all the Supreme Court judges to set up a committee of three retired judges of the apex court to look into the allegations against the Chief Justice by a dismissed woman employee of the court. The complaint was, however, dealt by a panel of three sitting judges of the Supreme Court.

"The motivated news item of differences between the Attorney General and the government is absolutely incorrect. As one of the senior most members of the Bar, he (Venugopal) certainly has his views on some issues. The Government respects him for the objectivity of his advice," Jaitley tweeted.

Venugopal had written the letter on April 22, before the three-member in-house committee headed by Justice S A Bobde was set up to hold an inquiry into the allegations. The three-judge panel has given CJI Gogoi a clean chit in the matter.

Following reports about differences, Venugopal had said, "I admit that I had written a letter before the appointment of an in-house inquiry committee seeking the appointment of three retired judges of the Supreme Court."

In a second letter, he clarified that the letter on the composition of the panel was written in his personal capacity as a senior bar member having an experience of 65 years.

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