A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court on Tuesday served a notice to the lawyer seeking response on his claim that there was a conspiracy to force the Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi to resign by “framing him” in a case of sexual harassment.

The lawyer, Utsav Singh Bains, had on Monday filed an affidavit in which he also claimed that he was offered Rs 1.5 crore to represent the former apex court woman employee who levelled the allegation against the CJI.

Advocate Bains also said that he was asked to arrange a presser against the CJI at the Press Club of India in New Delhi. He said that he had found loopholes in the case.

The three-judge special bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra and comprising Justices RF Nariman and Deepak Gupta directed Bains to explain his affidavit on Wednesday.

The hearing will be held on Wednesday at 10.30 am.

A Special Bench was immediately convened after the allegations surfaced on Saturday to look into the “matter of grave public importance touching upon the independence of the judiciary”.

This Special Bench had comprised CJI Ranjan Gogoi along with Justices Arun Mishra and Sanjiv Khanna.

In the unprecedented hearing on Saturday, the CJI had said a larger conspiracy was behind it and that he would not stoop too low even to deny these allegations.

Reports say that all 26 judges of the top court have rallied behind the CJI.

CJI Gogoi has been accused of sexual assault by a former officer who worked as a junior assistant at the Supreme Court between May 2014 and December 2018.