‘I’ll remain quiet on resignation’

A day after the Cabinet approved the proposal of the home ministry on sending the reference for a probe into allegation of sexual harassment against him, Justice Ganguly on Friday attended his office at the West Bengal Human Rights Commission (WBHRC) as usual but for a brief period.

Asked on the presidential reference being allowed by the union cabinet, Justice Ganguly said the development of events was not in his hand. ‘I have read about it (cabinet’s approval) in newspapers.

What can I say about it? The development of events is not in my hand. I haven’t decided anything and would prefer to stay quiet,’ justice Ganguly told a news agency.

Demands for his resignation from the WBHRC have been expressed in several quarters after a three-judge Supreme Court panel indicted the judge over allegations of sexual harassment of a female law intern in December last year.

Petition moved in SC against removal

New Delhi: A petition seeking to restrain the central government from making any attempt to remove Justice A K Ganguly was moved in the Supreme Court. The petition in this regard was mentioned before a bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam which agreed to hear it on 6 January. Justice Ganguly, the former Supreme Court judge and currently the chairman of West Bengal Human Rights Commission, is in the eye of storm following allegations of sexual harassment by a former law intern. Few days back the cabinet had sent his case for presidential reference. The petition filed by Delhi resident M Padma Narayan Singh, a doctor by profession, has also sought quashing of the complaint on which a three-member panel of apex court judge indicted Justice Ganguly for unwelcome behaviour against the woman intern.

Ganguly has the right to be in office: CJI

Kolkata: Supporting Justice (retd) A K Ganguly, former Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir on Friday said he had the right of not stepping down as chairman of the West Bengal Human Rights Commission.  ‘He has the right to do so. I will not say anything more,’ Kabir told reporters here when asked about Ganguly’s refusal to resign as WBHRC chief. The former CJI refused to elaborate on the matter saying it would not be appropriate on his part to comment further as the matter would now go to the Supreme Court after the union cabinet cleared the demand for Presidential reference.
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