Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kirti Azad said on Tuesday the law intern who has accused former Supreme Court Justice AK Ganguly of sexually harassing her should go public and fight her case.
"This issue is becoming very serious. I would request the intern to come in front of the public and fight her case," said Azad. "He has been accused. In such a situation he should either resign, or should face the law if he thinks he is innocent," he said of Justice Ganguly.
Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Atul Anjan said cases could not be fought through emails and twitter, and it was high time the intern came forth and filed a complaint with the police against Ganguly. "The intern should not delay it any more. Cases are not filed through emails and Twitter. She should file a complaint against him with the police. I do not understand why she is taking so long. The whole world is waiting for her to file a case against him and come in front of the public," he said.
Janata Dal United (JD-U) leader Shivanand Tiwari said Ganguly should have resigned and then defended himself. "What he is saying should be heard. But the most important point is he should have resigned and then defended himself," said Tiwari.
"It is important to give him a chance to speak. If this sort of an accusation is made the media cannot accuse him to be guilty, but there was a panel set up to decide that and they came to a conclusion that Ganguly's actions were unwelcome by the intern," he said.
Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Saugatha Roy said Ganguly's letter did not mean anything now. "An intern had filed a complaint against him after which, the Supreme Court had set up a three judge panel. Both were given a chance to speak and the panel came to a conclusion that his actions were 'unwelcomed' by the intern. Therefore, we had decided that he should resign," said Roy.
"His letter does not mean anything now. If he wants to do anything to prove that is he innocent, he should go to the Supreme Court. He has the right to write a letter but then we will still stick to the decision that he should resign on the basis of morals," he said.
"The process has been initiated. Our chief minister has written a letter to Manmohan Singh on Justice Ganguly's resignation, and as a political party we will keep demanding his resignation. If he wants to defend himself he should first resign," he added.