ASG to PM: Remove Ganguly as Bengal rights body chief

Indira Jaising has also demanded Justice Ganguly’s resignation.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:December 14, 2013 3:21 am

Additional Solicitor General Indira Jaising shot a letter to Prime Minister Friday,urging him to initiate proceedings for removal of former Supreme Court judge A K Ganguly as the chairperson of the West Bengal Human Rights Commission (WBHRC) over sexual harassment allegations.

She has requested the PM to take necessary actions requiring the President to make a reference to the Supreme Court to begin proceedings for removal of Ganguly under the Protection of Human Rights Act.

Jaisingh said the Presidential reference was the only way to set the “due process of law” in motion and to maintain the institutional integrity of the human rights bodies after the Supreme Court-appointed panel indicted Ganguly but he has so far refused to step down.

“We will be sending a much-required signal to the country at large that the rights of women matter and will be respected. It will also send a signal that those,who are charged with constitutional duty to enforce the law,must first live by the law themselves,” ASG wrote in her letter.

She has also demanded Justice Ganguly’s resignation,saying: “A person against whom there is an allegation of sexual harassment cannot be allowed to occupy the position of chairman of a Human Rights Commission without his name being honorably cleared.”

A three-judge panel’s inquiry into the sexual harassment allegations against Ganguly had held him prima facie guilty of “unwelcome behaviour” and “unwelcome conduct of sexual nature” against a young lawyer,who was interning with him in December 2012.

Although the findings of the three-judge panel indicted Ganguly,the SC had said “no further follow up action is required by this court” since the intern was not on the roll of the court and that Ganguly had already retired on the date of the alleged incident,December 24,2012.

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