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Justice Ganguly Rules Out Resignation From WBHRC

Former Supreme Court judge Ashok Kumar Ganguly, who was indicted over allegations of sexually harassing a law intern, today ruled out his resignation as chief of WBHRC, as a fresh demand was made coinciding with Human Rights day.

"No, I am not," Justice Ganguly said when asked by reporters whether he was resigning from the post of chairman of West Bengal Human Rights Commission (WBHRC) while he came out of his office which he has not attended in the past three days.

The retired Supreme Court judge, who is facing protests and stridents demands to quit office, had earlier said he would do whatever he had to.

"I will not answer any question of yours. I will do whatever I have to," an angry Ganguly, who has been indicted by a three-member panel of apex court judges in the episode, said.

Piling pressure, Trinamool Congress MP Derek O'Brien tweeted, "Today is United Nations Human Rights Day. Former Supreme Court judge Ashok Ganguly is continuing as chief of WBHRC. Sir, please don't mock your office."

Womens' rights activist Santasree Chaudhuri appealed to the intern to file a FIR.

"I have messaged her appealing that she has to come out now. Once you have accused a person in the open then you have to depose before the police and let the law take its course," Chaudhuri, who runs a helpline 'Survivors for Victims of Social Injustice', told PTI here.

"The onus is now on her. If she keeps silent at this stage it would be a mistake on her part. Even the Delhi Police is seeking her support in the investigation," Chaudhuri said.

President Pranab Mukherjee was petitioned by NGO Bharat Bachao Sangathan to consider whether the former judge could be arrested.

"Mr Ganguly has now been shameless in retaining the post of Chairman of West Bengal Human Rights Commission in spite of the Supreme Court panel findings and the police have not filed an FIR so far because he belongs to the clan of high profile people," the memorandum to the President through West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan said.

Members of the NGO held protests outside the WBHRC office demanding his arrest and resignation from his post.

Many politicians, including West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, have sought action against him.

Banerjee has twice written to President Mukherjee asking him to take appropriate action urgently.

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5/D-163
Dec 10, 2013
07:33 PM

If I were the Prime Minister of India, I'll give Monthly Social Security Pensions to all married woman in India.
 

David Rukstales, Tokyo
4/D-151
Dec 10, 2013
05:52 PM

>> " was accused by the law intern of sexually harassing her in a hotel room in Delhi last year "

Who the hell is this damn law intern ? The media has to reveal her identity....and how did they end up in a hotel room???

JO MB, Kolkata
3/D-137
Dec 10, 2013
04:10 PM

2 D Bonita

S H A M E is actually MEANT to create paranoia among the masses.

I agree with you, if that is what you mean.

Misogynist, Chennai
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Dec 10, 2013
02:21 PM

Selective Hyperreporting with Antimale, Malicious, Essence

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Hysterical, paranoid response to a statement of fact.

Bonita, Chennai
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Dec 10, 2013
01:41 PM

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