Sexual assault case: NUJS faculty demands dissociation from Justice Ganguly

Justice GangulyJustice Ganguly has been associated with the university as an honorary professor for a long time. (IE Photo)

In another blow to retired Supreme Court justice and chairman of WBHRC Ashok Ganguly, a dozen faculty members on Wednesday appealed to the executive council of premier National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS) to dissociate them from Justice Ganguly in all forms. Justice Ganguly has been associated with the university as an honorary professor for a long time.

Prof Ruchira Goswami, spokesperson of NUJS and a faculty member said, "In the statement we made two demands. One is complete dissociation from Justice Ganguly until he is exonerated from the charges and another is the executive council should give priority to this process in the next meeting."

"Since the university is closed now, we did not get any official correspondence. But we have spoken to our VC, prof Iswar Bhat. And he has agreed to our demand saying that the authority has already started the procedure. Though the official notice will be issued following the council meeting," added Prof Goswami.

A team of twelve faculty members of NUJS wrote in the same blog where the law intern mentioned about the alleged sexual harassment with her. A statement by the faculty members said, "considering the nature of allegations, and noting that the former judge was an honorary professor of NUJS at the time of incident, we feel that his continued association with our institution undermines the ideals of NUJS, an institution that has always strived to teach and foster justice, including gender justice."

"We believe that the position of a Professor is that of trust, and requires that such person be above reproach, especially above allegations of misbehaviour with students, particularly when such allegations have been found to have prima facie merit by a high level committee. Given that the former judge continues to remain an honorary professor at NUJS, we request the NUJS administration to take immediate steps to see to it that necessary action is initiated against the former judge," the statement said.

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