Justice Ganguly resigns as chairman of West Bengal Human Rights Commission

GangulyJustice A K Ganguly had been under intense pressure from all corners to step down as WBHRC chief.

Facing mounting pressure, Justice A K Ganguly today resigned as chairman of the West Bengal Human Rights Commission (WBHRC) following allegations of sexual harassment by a law intern, highly-placed sources reported.

The former Supreme Court judge submitted his resignation to West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan when he met him at Raj Bhavan, the sources said.

Justice Ganguly was with the Governor for about 45 minutes.

Ganguly, who drove to Raj Bhavan, had a meeting with the Governor for about 45 minutes and left evading waiting mediapersons.

There was intense speculation throughout the day as to whether Justice Ganguly was going to step down. Repeated attempts to get a comment from the accused led to a null since Justice Ganguly declined to speak.

Justice Ganguly when asked by PTI whether he has resigned, replied "I won't comment."

"It is a good thing that he has resigned a day after talking to me," former Attorney General Soli Sorabjee said in Delhi. Justice Ganguly had telehone him yesterday and said he was contemplating resigning as WBHRC chairman.

Additional Solicitor General Indira Jaising, who has been strongly pitching for his removal as the human rights panel chief, said it was "overdue".

Senior advocate said it was the "right decision" taken by justice Ganguly.

Justice Ganguly's decision to quit came close on the heels of the Union Cabinet on Thursday approving a proposal for sending a Presidential reference to the Supreme Court on the issue, which was seen as a step towards his removal as WBHRC chairman.

A three-judge Supreme Court panel had indicted Justice Ganguly by holding that the statement of the intern, both written and oral, had prima facie disclosed "an act of unwelcome behaviour (unwelcome verbal/non-verbal conduct of sexual nature)" by the judge with her in the Le Meridien hotel room on December 24 last year.

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