Press Trust of India
New Delhi, 6 January
The Supreme Court today refused to entertain PILs on the controversy surrounding its former judge A K Ganguly, who is facing allegation of sexual harassment of a law intern.
A Bench of Chief Justice P Sathasivam and Mr Justice Ranjan Gogoi dismissed two PILs, one filed by a woman doctor M Padma Narayan Singh seeking quashing of the complaint on which a three-member panel of apex court judge indicted Mr Justice Ganguly, and the other by an advocate Uday Gupta pleading for registration of a case against the former judge.
The Bench said that it cannot interfere in the issue at this stage and the “law will take its course in the matter”.
“We have gone through every word of your averments and prayers. We are not inclined to go into them. Its too early to say anything about it,” the Bench said, adding that “let the law take its own course”.
Dr Singh, a senior citizen, alleged that Mr Justice Ganguly has become a victim of conspiracy as he, as an arbitrator, had decided a matter between a prominent football club of Kolkata and All India Football Federation (AIFF) in which the intern had also participated.
Mr Gupta, on the other hand, submitted that a case be registered against the former judge and pleaded that the apex court should monitor the investigation in the case till final report is submitted to the trial court.
“The least that could be done was to report the matter to the concerned police station through the Registrar General of this Court and thereafter, the matter should have been left for investigation by the police. Since the respondent is a former judge of this Court, the investigation by the police should have been monitored by it,” he contended.
He also said that the Centre be directed to frame appropriate provisions of law to govern the conduct of retired judges.
Mr Justice Ganguly, Chairman of West Bengal Human Rights Commission who had already distanced himself from the petitions, in a recent conversation with former Attorney-General Soli Sorabjee had conveyed his intention to resign as chairman of the WBHRC. The former A-G told Mr Justice Ganguly that it was a “wise decision”.