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Dismiss A K Ganguly: Sushma Swaraj appeals to Pranab Mukherjee

Monday, 16 December 2013 - 9:31pm IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: IANS

Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj on Monday appealed to President Pranab Mukherjee to dismiss A K Ganguly from the post of West Bengal Human Rights Commission chief after the retired judge was accused of sexually harassing a law intern.

Sushma Swaraj made the appeal while speaking at a memorial programme for the 23-year-old trainee physiotherapist who was gang-raped a year before in New Delhi.

She said that if Ganguly did not resign from his post even after the three-member committee of the Supreme Court indicted him for unwelcome behaviour with the law intern, the president should use his powers.

"The president has power and he should use it to dismiss Ganguly from his post," she said.

The judges' panel report, submitted to Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam on November 28, said the statement of the law intern, now a lawyer, disclosed "an act of unwelcome behaviour (unwelcome verbal/non-verbal conduct of sexual nature) by Justice (retd) A K Ganguly with her in the room in hotel Le Meridien on December 24, 2012".

After considering the report, a full bench of the apex court ruled out any action from its side in the incident, as Ganguly was no longer a serving judge.


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