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Pressure mounts on Justice A K Ganguly to quit

Saturday, 7 December 2013 - 8:10pm IST Updated: Saturday, 7 December 2013 - 8:35pm IST | Place: Kolkata | Agency: PTI

Cranking up pressure on retired Supreme Court judge A K Ganguly, indicted by the Supreme Court following a sexual harassment complaint by a law intern, to resign as chairman of West Bengal Human Rights Commission, a Union Minister on Saturday said it is better for the judge to do so on moral grounds and face the consequences.

"The observations that has been made by the Supreme Court panel is 'unwelcome behaviour' (by the judge against the intern)," Union minister Adhir Chowdhury said.

"However, in view of the ramifications of the incident, I think on moral grounds, it is better that Justice Ganguly should resign and face the consequences. I wish he comes out with flying colours," Chowdhury said.

A Supreme Court committee of three judges had indicted Justice Ganguly for his 'unwelcome behaviour' and 'conduct of sexual nature' towards the intern.

The intern has accused the judge of sexual harassment in a hotel room where he had called her, a charge stoutly denied by him.

A Kolkata-based NGO has written to Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi requesting him to register an FIR against Justice Ganguly in the case of alleged sexual harassment of a law intern.

"We call upon you to register an FIR in the matter. We are concerned that this being a high-profile case witnesses or victim can be influenced or coerced and evidences can be tampered with," read the letter written to Delhi Police by NGO Bharat Bachao Sangathan here.

Chowdhury also accused the Mamata Banerjee government of trying to 'settle old scores' with Justice Ganguly over the law intern case.

Justice Ganguly had initiated several suo motu probes including the arrest of Professor Ambikesh Mahapatra of Jadavpore University for circulating a cartoon of the chief minister on the Internet, the arrest of a farmer who asked the chief minister a question at a rally and the Kamduni rape case and others.

"The Trinamool is now trying to settle old scores with him (Justice Ganguly) as he had made many recommendations which were not liked by this government," Chowdhury, Union Minister of State for Railways, said.

"This is nothing new. This is the nature of this government that if anyone speaks against it then it will not tolerate it," Chowdhury said.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has twice written to President Pranab Mukherjee asking him to take appropriate action urgently against Justice Ganguly.

Justice Ganguly has denied the charges and refused to comment on the demands for his resignation.

Demanding that the police should take steps for fair investigation, the letter said the police must take control of all evidence including the CCTV footage from the hotel.

NGO's president Vineet Ruia told PTI that a rally would be taken out on December 10, Human Rights Day, here demanding the arrest of Justice Ganguly.

The NGO had earlier written to the Hare Street Police Station here and held a silent protest outside his office demanding that an FIR should be registered in the case.

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