Statesman news service
Kolkata, 10 December
Mr Somnath Chatterjee, former Lok Sabha Speaker has come in support of Justice (Retd.) Ashok Kumar Ganguly and questioned the ‘overzealous’ actions of the panelists of the Supreme Court while attending an event hosted by West Bengal Human Rights Commission (WBHRC) as keynote speaker.
“I have faith in him. I leave it to him to decide on what to do. It is not easy to claim anything this way. It has to be proven and if he is proven guilty, then the country will punish him.” Mr Chatterjee said. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was initially invited to be the chief guest but she turned down the proposal. Miss Banerjee had previously written to President Pranab Mukherjee asking him to dismiss the former Supreme Court Judge.
The event was organised by WBHRC to mark the 65th anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Mr Chatterjee expressed concern over the fact that several recommendations of the state human rights commissions go in vain as those are not acted upon. He said that such actions obstruct the path of upholding and prevailing the rights.
He stressed on the need to immediately focus on child abuse, child labour, human trafficking, protection of rights against minorities and violence against women. “Fight for rights has to be a fight after paying a price” said Justice (Retd.) Ganguly and assured that no effort would go futile.