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A K Ganguly writes to Chief Justice Sathasivam, demands fair hearing

Kolkata, Dec. 23, : Former Supreme Court Justice A.K. Ganguly, who has been allegedly accused of sexually harassing a law intern in December 2012, on Monday wrote letter to Supreme Court Chief Justice P Sathasivam in which he expressed his distress over the incident, and demanded that his side of the story be heard.


"I have been distressed by some of the recent happenings. I am anguished that the Supreme Court did not address me correctly. My side of the story was not heard," said Justice A.K. Ganguly in his letter to Chief Justice Sathasivam.

"I wish to make it clear that I never harassed, nor did I make any unwelcome advances to any female intern," he said.

On December 19, the Home Ministry had sought the opinion of the Attorney General on the suggestion for the removal of AK Ganguly from his position as Chairman of the West Bengal Human Rights Commission The suggestion is that the President will have to make a reference to the Supreme Court, which will then order an inquiry.

According to reports, the draft of the presidential reference is expected to go to President Pranab Mukherjee.

On December 15, Additional Solicitor General Indira Indira Jaising wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and sought the removal of Justice Ganguly as chairman of the West Bengal Human Rights Commission.

Justice Ganguly has been accused of sexually assaulting a law intern who worked with him. The Supreme Court had set up a three-judge panel, which heard testimonies from both, the law intern and Ganguly and submitted its report to the Chief Justice of India, P. Sathasivam, naming Ganguly as the accused.

The alleged sexual molestation incident is said to have taken place in a five-star hotel in Delhi last December.

--ANI (Posted on 23-12-2013)

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