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#Goodnews – Justice Ganguly finally resigns !! #interncase

TNN | Jan 6, 2014,

KOLKATA: Former Supreme Court Judge A K Ganguly has submitted his resignation as chairman of West Bengal Human Rights Commission to the West Bengal governor, according to TV channel Times Now. He faces charges of sexually harassing a law intern.Former attorney general Soli Sorabjee on Sunday said that Justice Ganguly had called him over telephone and told that he had been thinking of resigning as chairman of West Bengal Human Rights Commission (WBHRC).

Justice Ganguly’s talks with Sorabjee came close on the heels of Union Cabinet approving a proposal for sending a Presidential reference to the Supreme Court on the issue, which was seen as a step towards his removal as WBHRC chairman.

A three-judge Supreme Court panel had indicted Justice Ganguly by holding that the statement of the intern, both written and oral, had prima facie disclosed “an act of unwelcome behaviour (unwelcome verbal/non-verbal conduct of sexual nature)” by the judge with her in the Le Meridien hotel room on December 24 last year.

Justice Ganguly has denied the allegations of the law intern and blamed “powerful interests” of trying to tarnish his image due to certain judgments delivered by him.

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Cabinet clears Presidential Reference for removal of Justice Ganguly #Vaw

JAN, 2014, The Hindu

Government on Thursday approved a proposal for sending a Presidential reference to the Supreme Court for conducting a probe into allegation of sexual harassment against retired apex court judge A.K. Ganguly.

The Union Cabinet has given its nod to the Home Ministry’s proposal for sending a Presidential reference to the Chief Justice of India, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram and Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari told reporters here.

The decision, taken at a meeting of the Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh this evening, came after the Home Ministry placed the views of Attorney General G.E. Vahanvati who has noted that a case can be made out against Justice Ganguly following allegations of “unwelcome behaviour” towards a woman law intern, sources said.

The proposal will be sent to President Pranab Mukherjee who will then send the matter to the Chief Justice of India seeking a probe into the issue based on the three points raised in the reference.

The Attorney General’s suggestions came after his views were invited on a letter to the President by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee seeking Justice Ganguly’s removal as chairman of West Bengal Human Rights Commission following the intern’s allegation of sexual harassment.

Justice Ganguly has strongly denied the charge and refused to quit his post.

Sources said the Attorney General had been asked to give views on whether any case can be made out on three issues — allegation of sexual harassment against Ganguly, his visit to Pakistan without informing West Bengal government and taking an assignment of arbitration from All India Football Federation despite holding a high post of human rights body.

The Protection of Human Rights Act is clear that a chairperson or member of NHRC or a state human rights commission can only be removed “by order of the President of India on the grounds of proven misbehaviour or incapacity after the Supreme Court, on reference being made to it by the President, has, on enquiry… reported that the Chairperson or the member, as the case may be, ought on any such ground to be removed”.

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