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I am quite open to working again with interns says Justice AK Ganguly

Wednesday, 8 January 2014 - 4:54pm IST | Place: Delhi | Agency: PTI
Justice AK Ganguly claimed he was not given a copy of the statement of the law intern given to the apex court panel on the ground it was a secret and said this was an insult to him.
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Justice AK Ganguly claimed he was not given a copy of the statement of the law intern given to the apex court panel on the ground it was a secret and said this was an insult to him.

The former apex court judge said he had written a detailed letter in this regard to the Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam and he had not got any reply it.

Ganguly said he wished the intern well. "I wish her well. She was quite an efficient intern. I wish her success in whatever she chooses in her life," he said.

He said that since the alleged incident at a Delhi hotel on December 24, 2012 he had not met her.

Denying all allegations made against him, Ganguly said there is no charge against him.

Asked whether he felt there was a political conspiracy against him, Justice Ganguly replied, "I can't say whether it is a political conspiracy."

"The West Bengal government never liked my continuance as chairman of state human rights commission. No dissent is allowed in Bengal. This is well-known to everyone." "I have not done anything to feel ashamed of. The allegations were made by the intern 11 months after the incident. This was organised to defame me. The West Bengal government was very uncomfortable with me as the WBHRC Chief." Asked about the reason for stepping down, Ganguly said it was getting difficult for him to work under the situation.

"I stepped down for my family's happiness, and the dignity and honour of Human Rights Commission," said Ganguly, adding his family had suffered a lot.

"I feel shattered by the allegations that have been made, they are very unreasonable."

He also said that Vishaka guidelines did not apply in the case as the girl was not interning with him.

Stating that he had taken action in a number of cases against women-related atrocities, he said he was pained when it was said that his continuance on the human rights panel brought disrepute to the post.

"I have been very active on women's issues and gave orders immediately. Ask women's bodies this," he said, denying that his resignation was an admission of guilt.

Asked whether he felt relieved or disappointed after resigning, Ganguly replied, "It was not disappointment. I am not giving up the fight for ensuring human rights." On how would he spend his life ahead, he said he would work for restoring his human rights and there would be no disruption in his fight for the rights of the common people.

"I am also quite open to working again with interns," he added. 


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