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BJP to Raise Justice Ganguly Issue in Parliament

BJP will raise in Parliament the issue of Justice A K Ganguly, who has been found guilty of sexual harrasment by a Supreme Court panel, continuing as Chairman of West Bengal Human Rights Commission.

"Someone who has violated human rights cannot continue as Chairman of Human Rights Commission.We will raise this matter in Parliament," Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj today said on Twitter.

She had earlier maintained that Ganguly should resign, saying not only Caesar but Caesar's wife should also be above suspicion.

Ganguly, a former Supreme Court judge, has been found guilty of sexually harassing an intern.

However, the Supreme Court has said as per administrative powers vested with it, it cannot take action against a retired judge.

Swaraj's counterpart in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley disagreed with this contention of the apex court and said instead of adopting this "escape route", the Supreme Court should monitor a probe into Ganguly's alleged misdeeds.

The court, he said, is already monitoring cases like 2G spectrum scam. Jaitley has also demanded that Ganguly should step down.

"Since Supreme Court panel has indicted Justice Ganguly for his unwelcome behaviour, his continuation as Chairman WBHRC is most unwelcome," Swaraj said.

 

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2/D-31
Dec 08, 2013
04:07 AM

False and exaggerated accusations by females that damage the reputation of a male must be severely punished. So must malicious hyper reporting of this.

Will the parliament dare to discuss this? No! They fear the women!

Misogynist, Chennai
1/D-187
Dec 07, 2013
08:17 PM

Swaraj is a lawyer. How can she talk such arrant nonsense. She, Zero Loss and Arun Jaitely seem to be vying to see who can make the most outrageous statements.

BJP will raise in Parliament the issue of Justice A K Ganguly, who has been found guilty of sexual harrasment by a Supreme Court panel, continuing as Chairman of West Bengal Human Rights Commission.

Firstly, Ganguly has not been found guilty of anything. All that the panel has said is that there is prima facie evidence based on the intern's statements. That only means that there is a case to answer. Whether there is enough evidence to prove the allegations beyond reasonable doubt, who knows.

I don't know what Parliament has to do with a state Human Rights Commission or the method of removing a Chairman. Obviously if it was easy, Didi would have sent Ganguly packing by now. The Human Rights Act prescribes the following procedure for the removal of the chairman or a member.

"(1) Subject to the provisions of sub-section (2), the chairperson or any other Member of the Commission shall only be removed from his office by order of the President on the ground of proved misbehaviour or incapacity after the Supreme Court, on reference being made to it by the President, has, on inquiry held in accordance with the procedure prescribed in that behalf by the Supreme Court, reported that the Chairperson or such other Member, as the case may be, ought on any such ground to be removed.

(2) Notwithstanding anything in sub-section (1), the President may by order remove from office the Chairperson or any other Member if the Chairperson or such other Member is convicted and sentenced to imprisonment for an offence which in the opinion of the President involves moral turpitude."

The President, not Swaraj, Jaitely or Sibal has to refer the matter to the SC. By revealing Ganguly's name and publishing the report, the CJI was probably giving a nudge to Ganguly to resign to save the SC the embarrassment of having to sit in judgement on one of their former brothers.

Arun Jaitley disagreed with this contention of the apex court and said instead of adopting this "escape route", the Supreme Court should monitor a probe into Ganguly's alleged misdeeds.

Arun Jaitely is no one to order the SC to do anything as he well knows.

Bonita, Chennai
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