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Justice AK Ganguly contemplating resigning as Bengal rights panel chief: Soli Sorabjee

Monday, 6 January 2014 - 7:44am IST | Place: Kolkata | Agency: DNA

Ashok Kumar Ganguly may finally resign from the post of chairman of West Bengal Human Rights Commission with the noose tightening around the former Supreme Court judge after being indicted by a Supreme Court panel following complaint of sexual harassment by a woman law intern.

In a letter to former Attorney General Soli Sorabjee, Ganguly has expressed his desire to step down following mounting pressure from different quarters.

“Justice Ganguly spoke to me over telephone and said that he is thinking of resigning (as WBHRC chief),” former Attorney General Soli Sorabjee told news agencies on being asked about reports that the judge has written to him on the issue.

During the telephonic conversation, Justice Ganguly said so many things are being said about him and wanted his view.

Sorabjee said he had told Justice Ganguly that it will be a “wise decision” to resign.Ganguly, in fact, had on Friday resigned from the post of honorary professor of the National University of Juridical Sciences, the same university where the intern studied.

But Ganguly has so far vehemently refused to step down from the post of chairman of West Bengal’s Human Rights Commission even as the Centre has approved an unprecedented  presidential reference for his removal from the post.

Following the Cabinet nod, the government will now send the proposal to president Pranab Mukherjee for consent.

Thereafter, it will be sent to the chief justice of the Supreme Court that is expected to conduct a judicial inquiry into the case by a three-judge bench.

However, if Ganguly resigns before the completion of the hearing, the reference would turn infructuous.


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