New Delhi, Jan 8 IBNS | 2 years ago

Former Supreme Court judge Justice AK Ganguly, who resigned as the chairperson of the West Bengal Human Rights Commission (WBHRC) following sexual harassment charges, on Wednesday lashed out at the Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government saying it was a conspiracy to defame him.

"I have not done anything to feel ashamed of. The allegations were made by the intern 11 months after the incident. This was organised to defame me. The West Bengal government was very uncomfortable with me as the WBHRC Chief," Justice Ganguly told CNN-IBN.

He alleged that the Supreme Court was unfair to him in the case.

"I was unfairly and badly treated by the Supreme Court. I was not given a fair chance by the Supreme Court panel. The Supreme Court jurisdiction doesn't apply on a retired judge," he told the news channel.

Earlier on Tuesday, Justice Ganguly said he resigned to obviate any further controversy.

In his resignation letter to West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan dated Jan 6, Ganguly said that the allegations which are appearing against him in the media both electronic and print are "unfounded and baseless."

"I would like to affirmatively say that allegations which are appearing against me in the media, both electronic and print, are unfounded and baseless and I deny the same," his letter said to the Governor said.

He also said that the grounds on which the Centre made a recommendation against him to the President were "untenable" and "misconceived".

"The purported recommendation to the Hon'ble President for my removal, are based on grounds, which, in my opinion, are untenable and misconceived," Ganguly said.

"However, to obviate any further controversy and to ensure peace and happiness of the members of my family and having regard to the fact that I held the high office of a judge and presently holding the post of Chairman of West Bengal Human Rights Commission and being humbly of the view that I have possibly lived up to the expectation of both, I have decided to resign from the post of Chairman of the Commission with immediate effect," read the letter.

He also said that he has no attachment to any post unless he can work with dignity and honour , adding that, "I understand that it is not possible under the present situation."

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."

(Posted on 08-01-2014)