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My side of story not heard, Justice AK Ganguly tells CJI

In an eight-page letter to Chief Justice P Sathasivam, Justice Ganguly, who is under pressure to step down as chairman of the West Bengal Human Rights Commission, denied allegations of sexually harassing or making unwelcome advances to the woman intern.

‘I have been distressed by some recent happenings. I am anguished that the Supreme Court under your Lordship did not address me correctly,’ Justice Ganguly said in his letter which he said was also being forwarded to President Pranab Mukherjee.

The CJI’s office in Delhi was not available for comments as he is out of town on vacation.

A three-judge Supreme Court panel has 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 24 December last year.

In his letter, Justice Ganguly alleged ‘There is a concerted move to tarnish my image as I had the unfortunate duty of rendering certain judgments against powerful interests.’

He said, ‘I see in the whole game a palpable design to malign me at the instance of interested quarters.’
Justice Ganguly was part of a bench which had delivered various orders in 2G allocation scam including scrapping of 122 licenses granted by Centre to telecom companies.

Questioning the validity of the panel, he argued that since the intern was not on the rolls of the Supreme Court and he was a retired judge, the committee was ‘not required to be constituted’.

‘No complaint was ever made before Supreme Court or before your Lordship in any form by the intern at any time prior to the formation of the judges’ committee and presumably at the direction of the committee she gave her statement,’ he said.
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