A former law intern, who accused ex-Supreme Court judge AK Ganguly of sexual harassment, has hit back at him for denying the charges and hinted that she may file a police complaint. "Those who have been spreading rumours and politicising the issue, are doing so out of prejudice and malice to obfuscate the issue and escape scrutiny and accountability," the intern wrote on her blog on Legally India.
Her comments came a day after Justice Ganguly had written an eight-page letter to Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam, denying that he had sexually harassed the intern and alleging there was a "palpable design" to malign him because of the judgements he had given against "powerful interests".
Indicating that she may lodge a police complaint, the intern said,"I request that it be acknowledged that I have the discernment to pursue appropriate proceedings at appropriate times. I ask that my autonomy be respected fully." The intern said that any one claiming that her statements were false was showing disrespect not just to her but also to the Supreme Court. "I would like to state that I have acted with utmost responsibility throughout, keeping in mind the seriousness of this situation," she said.
In Kolkata, Justice Ganguly said he would not comment on the intern's response. "I don't want to say anything on the matter. I have no reaction," he said on being asked by PTI about the intern's rebuttal.
Mounting pressure on the judge, Trinamool Congress asked him to step down as chairman of the West Bengal Human Rights Commission (WBHRC) on moral grounds. "What he has written to the Chief Justice of India, P Sathasivam, is his business. It is not our political demand but a demand for decency and justice that he should step down on moral grounds", senior TMC leader and party MP Saugata Roy said.
A group of lawyers and retired judges today took out a protest march in Kolkata demanding the sacking of Justice Ganguly as chairman of the WBHRC.