Justice Ganguly writes to CJI, says being targeted by those his orders hurt

GangulyFormer Supreme Court Judge A K Ganguly. (PTI)

Justice (retd) A K Ganguly has written to Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam, questioning the locus standi of the Supreme court panel that indicted him of "unwelcome sexual behaviour" towards a woman interning with him, and accusing "powerful interests" of targeting him because of judgments he passed against them.

The 12-page letter, including a copy of the complainant's affidavit to the Supreme Court panel, was sent from the West Bengal Human Rights Commission — of which Justice Ganguly is chairman — on Monday. A copy of the letter has been sent to President Pranab Mukherjee.

"I see in the whole game a palpable design to malign me at the instance of interested quarters," Justice Ganguly wrote. He expressed "deep distress" about the manner in which the Supreme Court had handled the matter.

"The subsequent events clearly seem to suggest that there is concerted move to tarnish my image as I had the unfortunate duty of rendering certain judgments against powerful interests." This, Justice Ganguly said, posed a threat to the independence of the judiciary.

Justice Ganguly led the Supreme Court bench that delivered the February 2012 judgment that cancelled 122 2G licences given by former telecom minister A Raja.

A panel comprising Justices R M Lodha, H L Dattu and Ranjana P Desai this month concluded that statements of the woman lawyer had "prima facie disclosed an act of unwelcome sexual behaviour (by Justice Ganguly) with her in the room in hotel Le Meridien (in Delhi) on 24.12.2012 approximately between 8.00 pm and 10.30 pm".

In his letter to the CJI, Justice Ganguly reiterated that he had "never harassed nor made any unwelcome advances to any female intern".

He said: "In my statement I truthfully recounted that as I needed help to complete the work and the intern was requested and acceded to the request and in fact typed on that evening about more than 20 pages of my dictation on her laptop. I also clarify that there was a cordial meeting followed by dinner. Thereafter I saw the intern off in a car arranged on my request and made sure that she reached her destination safely."

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