Pressure up on Ganguly to go: Didi writes to Pranab; Sibal, Jaitley want action

Mamatawest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. (PTI)

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Friday stepped up pressure on retired Supreme Court judge A K Ganguly to quit as chairman of the state human rights commission after being accused of sexually harassing an intern even as Law Minister Kapil Sibal and BJP leader Arun Jaitley urged the apex court to act against the judge it had indicted.

But the former judge said he had not decided on quitting.

In a post on her Facebook page, Banerjee said she had written two letters to President Pranab Mukherjee requesting him to take "urgent necessary action" to remove Ganguly from his office at the "earliest".

In a similar post on the social networking site Thursday evening, Banerjee had said she had written to the President urging him to take action against Ganguly.

"Yesterday, I had written to our Hon'ble President requesting him to take appropriate action urgently against the former Judge Asok Kumar Ganguly for his alleged misconduct," she wrote.

"Today, it is reported in the media that the three-judge panel of the Hon'ble Supreme Court has indicted him, prima facie, guilty of the charges levelled against him. On this basis, I have sent another letter today to the Hon'ble President of India for taking urgent necessary action, so that Shri Ganguly is removed from his office at the earliest."

A woman lawyer who worked as an intern with Ganguly last year has accused him of sexually harassing her at a five-star hotel in Delhi.

The retired judge has strongly denied the allegation. "I have read everything in the newspaper today. I have not yet decided on submitting my resignation," Ganguly told The Indian Express when reached for comment.

Although there have been demands for the police to act against Ganguly after a panel of SC judges found him prima facie guilty, a Kolkata police officer pleaded helplessness saying the alleged incident had not occurred in the city and the complainant was not a resident of Kolkata either.

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