Do politicians quit on allegations, asks former Bengal Lokayukta

Amid demands for Justice (Retd) A K Ganguly's removal as WBHRC chairman following a complaint of sexual harassment by a female lawyer, a former state Lokayukta Wednesday came to his defence, saying the judge should not resign merely on the basis of an unproven allegation and he should be allowed to present his case.

Former West Bengal Lokayukta Samaresh Bandopadhyay, a retired judge, said, "I don't think that it will be appropriate for him to resign. Why should he resign just on the basis of an allegation unless he is proved guilty?"

Bandopadhyay also questioned the pressure being put on Ganguly to step down as the WBHRC chairman.

"The politicians who are demanding his resignation just on the basis of an allegation, I want to ask them, do politicians also resign from their posts when allegations are levelled against them, which is quite rampant?" he said.

Justice Ganguly recently wrote an eight-page letter to Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam, denying he had sexually harassed the intern and alleged that there was a "palpable design" to malign him because of the judgements he had delivered against "powerful quarters."

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