Still in denial mode, the ex-judge digs heels in

Refusing to step down as chairman of the West Bengal Human Rights Commission, retired Supreme Court judge A K Ganguly Monday claimed he had become a victim of circumstances.

"I am the victim, not anybody else. What comment should I make on The Indian Express report?" he asked after ASG Indira Jaising wrote in The Indian Express Monday about the case and included excerpts of the affidavit filed by the lawyer who has accused Ganguly of sexually harassing her when she interned with him last December.

"I have denied all allegations and I am still denying all the allegations made against me," he told The Indian Express, adding that he has also submitted an affidavit to the SC which carries his denial.

"I will not resign. Let the government do what it wants to," he said when asked about Law Minister Kapil Sibal's comment that the government would have to think of intervening.

Ganguly's refusal to budge came even as TMC legal unit leaders and supporters demonstrated outside the WBHRC office and burnt Ganguly's effigy demanding his resignation.

Sources close to the former judge said that he was prepared to withstand any amount of pressure and that he wanted to fight the case legally. Ganguly is also believed to have told a close associate that he saw politics behind the calls for his resignation.

He is believed to have said that both the Congress and the BJP did not want to earn the wrath of West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee due to her growing political weight ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

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