A special bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi was constituted Saturday to hear a “matter of great public importance” touching upon the independence of judiciary. The special hearing started at 10.30 am on Saturday.

The bench was constituted after Solicitor General Tushar Mehta mentioned before the Supreme Court official concerned the allegations of sexual harassment that have cropped up against Gogoi.

Supreme Court Secretary General Sanjeev Sudhakar Kalgaonkar said all the allegations made by the woman concerned were malafide and had no basis.

“No doubt, it is a malafide allegation and he said a hearing on it is going to take place right now,” he said, confirming that a letter by the woman had been received by several sitting judges.

The registry came out with the notice that the special bench had been constituted to deal with the “matter of great public importance” touching upon the independence of judiciary.

The special bench comprises Gogoi, Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Sanjeev Khanna.