Justice Ganguly quits as West Bengal rights panel?
Former Supreme Court judge Justice AK Ganguly, who is facing sexual harassment charges, on Monday met West Bengal governor M K Narayanan at Raj Bhawan here and following the meeting media reports said that he has tendered his resignation as the West Bengal Human Rights Commission chairperson.
According to some TV channel reports, Ganguly has submitted his resignation to the governor following pressure from activists and civic society groups.
Last week Justice Ganguly had resigned from his position as a guest faculty in the National University of Judicial Sciences (NUJS) in Kolkata.
"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 in the day, the Supreme Court has quashed two Public-Interest Litigations (PILs) against Ganguly.
"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.
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.
A formal advice was scheduled to be sent to President Pranab Mukherjee to remove Justice Ganguly.
Llaw intern Stella James, who alleged that she was sexually harassed by Justice Ganguly, had earlier 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)