Sexual harassment: Justice Ganguly refuses to quit,finds support in ex-speaker Somnath

I have full faith in him. He will decide what has to be done,Somnath Chatterjee said.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: December 11, 2013 1:15 am

Former Supreme Court judge A K Ganguly,indicted by a Supreme Court panel for sexually harassing a woman lawyer,ruled out his resignation as the chairman of the West Bengal Human Rights Commission (WBHRC) even as the ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal made a fresh demand for his removal,on Human Rights Day on Tuesday.

“I am not. That’s all,” Ganguly said when asked whether he would give in to the demands of his resignation. He was talking to reporters after attending his office after a gap of three days.

Later in the day,Ganguly presided over a WBHRC programme organised to mark the International Human Rights Day.

Addressing the programme,Ganguly exhorted the gathering to fight for human rights.

“No fight for human rights is ever lost. Fight for the right. Those who fight to uphold the rights of the people,fight it by paying a price,” he said.

Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee,also present at the event,came in defence of Ganguly saying he had “full faith” in him.

“I have full faith in him. He will decide what has to be done,“ Chatterjee said when asked if Ganguly should resign after indictment by the SC panel,which found his conduct towards the woman lawyer as that of “sexual nature”.

“Everyone has a right and dignity. If he is proven guilty,the laws of the country will punish him,” Chatterjee said.

He also questioned the authority of the Supreme Court appointed panel in probing the matter.

“SC panel…I don’t know under what authority they went into it. Forthwith they have decided not to touch any such matter. Why this exception was made and what is the outcome of it? Nothing,” said Chatterjee.

Chief Justice Arun Mishra of the Calcutta High Court,who was invited,did not attend the programme. On his behalf,Justice A K Banerjee attended the event. “Chief Justice is indisposed,” Banerjee said.

‘Don’t mock your office’

Piling pressure on Justice (retd) A K Ganguly to resign from the post of WBHRC chief,Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien tweeted,“Today is United Nations Human Rights Day. Former Supreme Court judge Asok Ganguly is continuing as chief of WBHRC. Sir,please don’t mock your office.”

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TMC demands discussion in RS

The Trinamool Congress will continue disrupting the Rajya Sabha proceedings if it is not allowed a discussion on the removal of retired Supreme Court judge Justice A K Ganguly as the chairman of West Bengal Human Rights Commission.

The party has given notice to the Rajya Sabha for Zero Hour discussion on the issue and will continue to give notice every day before the discussion is allowed. Its Rajya Sabha MPs have said they have the support of other parties,notably the NCP,on this.

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