press trust of india
New Delhi, 5 January
Former Supreme Court judge A K Ganguly, who faces charges of sexual harassment slapped by a law intern, is contemplating resigning as chairman of the West Bengal Human Rights Commission (WBHRC).
“Justice Ganguly spoke to me over telephone and said that he is thinking of resigning (as WBHRC chief),” former Attorney General Soli Sorabjee told PTI on being asked about reports that the judge has written to him on the issue.
During the conversation, Mr Justice Ganguly said so many things are being said about him and wanted his view. Mr Sorabjee said he had told Mr Justice Ganguly that it will be a “wise decision” to resign.
The development came on the heels of the Union Cabinet on Thursday approving a proposal for sending a Presidential reference to the Supreme Court on the issue, which was seen as a step towards his removal as WBHRC chairman.
A three-judge Supreme Court panel had indicted Mr Justice Ganguly by holding that the statement of the intern, both written and oral, had prima facie disclosed “an act of unwelcome behaviour (unwelcome verbal/non-verbal conduct of sexual nature)” by the judge with her in the Le Meridien hotel room on 24 December last year.
Mr Justice Ganguly has denied the allegations of the law intern and blamed “powerful interests” of trying to tarnish his image due to certain judgments delivered by him. In a letter written to the Chief Justice of India last month, Mr Justice Ganguly said he had never harassed the law intern nor made any unwelcome advances towards her or any other female intern.