Intern sexual assault: Justice Ganguly unfazed as clamour for his resignation grows from all quarters
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Reacting to The Indian Express report about the allegations of sexual assault made by a law intern before the Following Supreme Court-appointment panel of Judges, Union Law Minister Kapil Sibal asked the former SC Judge to resign on his own.
"This is a serious matter and the Central government will certainly take a position on it, especially in light of revelations made by the Additional Solicitor General," he said.
Asked if Justice Ganguly should resign without waiting for the President to make a reference to the Supreme Court, as provided for under the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993, Sibal said, "It would certainly be advisable for the Judge to resign rather than suffer the ignominy of an inquiry by the Supreme Court and subsequent removal, which will also bring the institution to disrepute."
Ganguly, former Supreme Court Judge, had been indicted by a three-judge committee of the apex court for "unwelcome behaviour" and "conduct of sexual nature" towards the woman law intern.
The Supreme Court, however, made it clear that no further follow up action is required by it in view of the fact that Justice Ganguly had demitted office before the date of the incident-- December 24 of 2012.
Ganguly has strongly denied the allegations against him.
I will not answer to anything. I will not answer to any question. I cannot be compelled to speak on this issue," was Justice Ganguly's reaction to Additional Solicitor General Indira Jaising's revelation of the law intern's sworn affidavit alleging sexual harassment.
BJP leader Arun Jaitley said Ganguly should relinquish the office of WB Human Rights Commission chief.
"It is not an untested allegation...To protect the dignity of his office, he should quit," Jaitley said.
Jaitley said according to media reports, a three-judge inquiry committee constituted by the Chief Justice of India had found prima facie substance in the intern's complaint against Justice (retd) Ganguly.
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