Resignation should cap further row, asserts Justice Ganguly
Resignation should cap further row, asserts Justice Ganguly

KOLKATA : West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan on Tuesday accepted the resignation of Ashok Ganguly as chairman of West Bengal Human Rights Commission.

But that may not be the end of the matter with Ganguly stating in his resignation letter that he had resigned “to obviate any further controversy.”
He has also denied the allegations of sexual harassment by an intern and asserted that the ground on which Centre had recommended his removal to the President are baseless and misconceived. The Governor has sent a notice to state chief secretary Sanjoy Mitra stating that Ganguly had resigned but without citing any reason. Mitra will now forward it to President Pranab Mukherjee.
This is the first time in the country that a former Supreme Court judge and human rights body chairman had to resign faced with charges of sexual harassment.
Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee lamented Ganguly’s decision and said, “The manner in which Ganguly had to step down was not only unfair and objectionable but also unconstitutional. He was denied a fair trial and the entire episode smacks of a pre-planned conspiracy. This was done at the behest of some powerful quarters. It is a wrong precedent in our country’s legal system.”
Though Ganguly was denied the copy of affidavit filed by the intern before a Supreme Court panel, it was made public following which the former judge lodged a written complaint with the Chief Justice of India P. Sathasivam. In his letter, Ganguly alleged that there was a “palpable design to malign him by some powerful quarters” against whom he had delivered judgements as an apex court judge.
Incidentally, Ganguly had given several rulings against the West Bengal Police in his capacity as chairman of the State Human Rights Commission for violation of human rights.
Many legal luminaries, however, had opined that Ganguly should step down and some political parties, including the Trinamool Congress, here had cried for his head.Till date the intern is yet to record her statement with the Delhi Police which had contacted her for initiating a criminal case against Ganguly.

  Arup Chanda

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