Justice Ganguly: SC quashes 2 PILs
The Supreme Court on Monday quashed two Public-Interest Litigations (PILs) against former Supreme Court judge Justice AK Ganguly, who is facing sexual harassment charges.
"While one petition sought action against justice Ganguly, the other was to restrain the government from taking action against him. Dismissing the PILs, the SC said that 'law will take its own course' and that they were not inclined to entertain these petitions," reported CNN-IBN.
Meanwhile, Justice Ganguly said he was not aware of the PILs filed against him.
"I have never heard of any PIL being filed against me. I will still maintain that I am innocent and thus deny all allegations," said Justice Ganguly.
Justice Ganguly has resigned from his position as a guest faculty in the National University of Judicial Sciences (NUJS) in Kolkata.
Justice Ganguly, who has refused to step down as the chairperson of the West Bengal Human Rights Commission, despite all pressure so far, chose to quit NUJS.
"I voluntarily opt out, don't want to continue as a member of the guest facility and be a burden on NUJS," wrote Justice Ganguly in his letter though NUJS said since the charges of harassing the law intern came up he had ceased to be a part of the university framework.
Earlier, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said a note to remove Justice Ganguly as West Bengal Human Rights Commission chairperson, has been readied.
The Union Cabinet has reportedly cleared the note.
Now, a formal advice will be sent to President Pranab Mukherjee to remove Justice Ganguly.
Meanwhile, law intern Stella James, who alleged that she was sexually harassed by Justice Ganguly, has slammed him for claiming innocence.
In a statement posted on Journal of Indian Law and Society, Stella said: "I would like to state that I have acted with utmost responsibility throughout, keeping in mind the seriousness of this situation.
"Those who have been spreading rumours and politicizing the issue, are doing so out of prejudice and malice to obfuscate the issue and escape scrutiny and accountability."
Justice Ganguly had written to Chief Justice of India (CJI) P Sathasivam on the issue.
According to reports, Justice Ganguly had complained that his side of the story is not being heard. He also protested against Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Indira Jaising making public the statement of the law intern.
(Posted on 06-01-2014)