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The courts must urge Justice Ganguly to resign from the WBHRC.
When a law school graduate went public about her traumatic experience of sexual harassment while interning with a retired Supreme Court judge, the court took immediate and proactive action. That very day, it set up a three-judge panel to investigate her allegations and report back. While the committee found "prima facie evidence" that Justice Asok Kumar Ganguly had made an unwelcome sexual advance, the matter just hung there irresolutely. The panel admittedly has no punitive power over Justice Ganguly, given that he has retired. But its findings should have appalled the judicial community, and evoked stronger and more visible concern about the grave charges against a senior judge.
By all accounts, Justice Ganguly decided to brazen out the committee's report, both denying the allegations and pointing out that the new law on sexual harassment did not apply to a case from 2012. He continues to hold on to his position as head of the West Bengal Human Rights Commission. The incident may well have blown over, given that Justice Ganguly is virtually unassailable, and under the Human Rights Act only the president can ask for his removal, after reference to the Supreme Court.
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