The ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal asked state Human Rights Commission chairman and former Supreme Court judge Asok Ganguly,indicted by a Supreme Court panel in a sexual harassment matter,to step down on World Human Rights Day,on Tuesday,saying violators cannot be guardians.
Today is UN Human Rights Day. Its a travesty that Justice Ganguly continues as chief of the WBHRC. Sir,please dont mock your office, Trinamool MP Derek OBrien tweeted.
It would be apt if he chose the UN Human Rights Day to step down as WBHRC chairman and cleanse the office. Violators cant be guardians, he said in another tweet.
Several rights activists and organisations also asked Ganguly to step down.
At a press conference,secretary of All India Legal Aid Forum,Joydeep Mukherjee,who is also general secretary of All India Bar Association,demanded immediate resignation of Ganguly. It is a serious allegation…to uphold the reputation of the judiciary among the common people he must step down and let law take its course, he said.
Dr Debapriya Mullick,member,West Bengal Public Service Commission and a rights activist feared that Ganguly may use his clout to escape the law. He should not use his post to save his skin. Let him step down and face the law like an ordinary man would. Let justice prevail and if he is acquitted,he can be reinstated to his position, Mullick said.
Justice Amitava Lala and Sankar Chakraborty,DIG,special,CID,avoided making any comments.
Meanwhile,womens rights activist Santasree Chaudhuri and members of the NGO Bharat Bachao Sangathan sent text messages and emails to the woman requesting her to file an FIR.
I have messaged her appealing that she has to come out now. Once you have accused a person in the open then you have to depose before the police and let the law take its course, Chaudhuri,who runs a helpline Survivors for Victims of Social Injustice,said.
The case has aroused the compassion of the whole country and now we cannot walk back, she said. If she keeps silent at this stage it would be a mistake on her part, Chaudhuri said.
Some activists held a protest before the WBHRC office shouting Shame Shame. They also sent a petition to President Pranab Mukherjee to consider whether Ganguly could be arrested.
Mr Ganguly has now been shameless in retaining the post of Chairman of West Bengal Human Rights Commission in spite of the Supreme Court panel findings and the police have not filed an FIR so far because he belongs to the clan of high profile people, the memorandum to the President through Governor M K Narayanan said.