Cornered over allegations of sexual assault, Ganguly out as rights panel chief

This came a day after Ganguly met the Governor at Raj Bhavan, following which he refused to comment on the matter.

Kolkata | Updated: January 7, 2014 3:59 pm
The Governor has accepted Ganguly's resignation and has informed the state government about it. The Governor has accepted Ganguly’s resignation and has informed the state government about it.

West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan has accepted the resignation of Justice Ashok Ganguly as chairman of West Bengal Human Rights Commission, highly-placed sources said on Tuesday.

“The Governor has accepted the resignation and has informed the state government about it,” said sources.

This came a day after Ganguly had on Monday met the Governor at Raj Bhavan after which the judge refused to comment on the matter.

Earlier on Tuesday morning, Ganguly had called up his office and told the staff that he would not be attending the office. Ganguly had, however, not informed the staff whether he had resigned as the human rights panel chief.

The development came close on the heels of the Union Cabinet on Thursday last 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 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 December 24 last year.

Justice Ganguly has denied the allegations of the law intern and blamed “powerful interests” of trying to tarnish his image due to certain judgements delivered by him.

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