The sexual harassment allegation against former Supreme Court judge A K Ganguly was raised in Parliament on Friday with the BJP and the Trinamool Congress demanding his removal as chairman of West Bengal Human Rights Commissions,saying that on ethical grounds he should have resigned by now.
Justice Ganguly has been indicted by a Supreme Court panel for unwelcome behaviour and conduct of sexual nature against a woman lawyer who alleged that he had made advances towards her in a hotel room in Delhi in December last year.
Raising the issue in the Lok Sabha,Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj said the relation between guardian and ward is of trust and faith and any breach cannot be pardoned.
She said that since Ganguly was holding a high position,he should not be allowed to go scot free. On ethical grounds he should have resigned by now. But he is stubbornly sticking to his post. He should immediately resign or else he should be removed from his post, she said.
Referring to the December 16 gangrape of a girl in Delhi last year,Swaraj said at that time the whole country was outraged over the incident and a stricter law was passed with the hope that such a crime would not be repeated.
Trinamool Congress leader Sudip Bandopadhya endorsed Swarajs view,saying Ganguly should resign immediately.
He added that such crimes cannot be tolerated and such persons should not be allowed to occupy a high posts.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee,who had appointed Ganguly as the chairman of WBHRC after coming to power in 2011,has written twice to President Pranab Mukherjee seeking strong action against the former judge.
Ill do what Ive decided to do,says Ganguly
Refusing to comment on the demands for his removal from the post of chairman of WBHRC,Justice A K Ganguly said,Let everybody do what they want to do. I will do what I have already decided to do. People close to Ganguly claimed he is now preparing to take a legal recourse against the allegations and subsequent indictment by the SC panel. According to a senior lawyer,Ganguly would also be replying to a PIL filed in the Calcutta High Court seeking direction to the state government to take necessary steps to ensure that people do not lose faith in WBHRC. A lawyer,Ramaprasad Sarkar,had filed the PIL on December 10 alleging that people have lost confidence in WBHRC in the wake of the indictment of its chairman by the SC panel. The hearing date has not been fixed yet,but a copy of the PIL has been sent to Ganguly, the lawyer said. Sources said the WBHRC had received a copy of the PIL.