Former judge A K Ganguly, who is facing allegation of sexual harassment of a law intern, resigned as the Chairman of West Bengal Human Rights Commission, TV reports said.
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.
In a letter of Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam last month, Justice Ganguly had said he had neither harassed the law intern nor made any unwelcome advances towards her or any other female intern.
Earlier today, the Supreme Court dismissed a PIL that sought to restrain the government from taking steps to remove Ganguly as chairperson of the rights panel.
A bench led by Chief Justice P Sathasivam also trashed a separate PIL, which demanded a full-fledged inquiry into a court-mandated committee into the sexual harassment accusations of a lawyer against Ganguly.
The bench said that it will let the law take its own course and will not hence interfere in the matter at this stage at the instance of the PIL petitioners.
It also said that it was not obligated to convince everybody about the constitution of the previous three judge committee. This committee, set up by an administrative order, had indicted Ganguly of prima facie unwelcome conduct of sexual in nature.
Justice Ganguly had been under intense pressure from all corners to step down as WBHRC chief following the allegations of sexual harassment slapped by a law intern against him.
The petition, filed by a Delhi-based doctor M Padma Narayan Singh, had also sought quashing of the report in which a three-member panel of Supreme Court judges indicted Justice Ganguly for unwelcome behaviour against the woman law intern.