Intern replies to cops, BJP to raise Ganguly case in House
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The law intern who has accused Justice (retd) A K Ganguly of sexually harassing her, has written to the Delhi Police, saying she was currently travelling, and would "discuss the matter later".
The police had sent a second email to the woman on Thursday, asking her for an appointment to record her statement. The pressure on the police to act has increased since a three-judge panel of the Supreme Court found the retired judge prima facie guilty of "unwelcome conduct of sexual nature" with the lawyer who was interning with him in December 2012.
Top sources in the police said they were seeing the lawyer's reply, received on Saturday morning, as a "positive step". "If she gives a statement, a case under Sections 354 (molestation) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the IPC is made out. If she says she is ready to give a statement, we will send a team to record her statement," a senior Delhi Police officer said.
Police sources said the woman was presently in Kolkata.
Pressure on Justice Ganguly to resign as chairperson of the West Bengal Human Rights Commission, meanwhile, continued to mount on Saturday. Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj announced on Twitter that the BJP would raise the matter in Parliament, and the Trinamool Congress said they would give notice for a discussion under Rule 193.
"Someone who has violated human rights cannot continue as Chairman of Human Rights Commission. We will raise this matter in Parliament," Swaraj tweeted. She has been calling for Ganguly's resignation for nearly a week now. Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley too has made a similar demand, criticising the SC's stance that it cannot take action against a retired judge.