More than hundred lawyers of the Calcutta High Court today held a rally in solidarity with former Justice A K Ganguly amid chorus for his ouster as West Bengal Human Rights Commission chairman over charges of sexually harassing a law intern.
The lawyers argued that the state witnessed a positive role of the rights panel under Justice Ganguly over the past year and that the demand for his resignation from the WBHRC was uncalled for in this light.
Significantly,lawyers associated with several political parties but the Trinamool Congress took part in the rally. They also did not carry any banner during the march.
After the rally,advocate Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharjee,former Mayor of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation and former Advocate General of Tripura government,who is known for his Left leanings,said the allegation brought against Justice Ganguly should be investigated maintaining the legal provisions.
Bhattacharjee said Ganguly need not step down until the police file a chargesheet in the case. while adding that the inquiry report of the Supreme Court only mentions the girls allegation and does not talk about its own findings.
There was no legal validity for setting up an inquiry committee by the apex court,Bhattacharjee added.
Advocate Arunav Ghosh,who has affilaitions with the Congress,said: If Justice Ganguly resigns at this stage,it would be construed that he had committed the offence.
According to the media report,the President has sought the view of the Ministry of Home Affairs on the matter. Ghosh said the human rights commission usually receives complaint against the police and the latter was working under the home ministry. The commission has the right to hold an inquiry against the police and home department. So,the union home ministry has no right to give any opinion on the chairperson of the SHRC,said Ghosh.
Former West Bengal government pleader Sovonlal Hazra also pointed out that the girl did not lodge any police complaint.
Advocate Kausik Chanda,who usually appears for the BJP in the Calcutta High Court,felt Justice Ganguly should not quit from his post unless and until the allegation was proved.
Several lawyers like advocate Jayanta Narayan Chatterjee,Kallol Bose,Rabi Shankar Chatterjee and others walked from the High Court to Netaji Indoor Stadium but without shouting any slogan.