Kolkata, Jan 7 IBNS | 2 years ago

Former Supreme Court judge Justice AK Ganguly, who is facing sexual harassment charges, has resigned as the chairperson of the West Bengal Human Rights Commission.

Though the news was not officially confirmed since Monday night, sources confirmed now that his resignation has been accepted by the West Bengal governor and forwarded to the Chief Secretary, said sources.

"He should have resigned much earlier. This is a delayed decision," Trinamool Congress lawmaker Kalyan Bandopadhyay said.

On Monday Justice Ganguly 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.

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 on Monday, the Supreme Court had quashed two Public-Interest Litigations (PILs) against Ganguly.

The Union Home Minister ealier 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.

Law 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 07-01-2014)