New Delhi, Jan. 3: The Supreme Court will on Monday hear a woman gynaecologist’s petition seeking the quashing of a law intern’s sexual harassment charges against retired apex court judge Asok Kumar Ganguly.
Dr Padma Narayan Singh’s public interest litigation claims the allegations are a conspiracy hatched by Mohun Bagan club and the intern to malign Ganguly.
The Delhi-based petitioner has alleged that Mohun Bagan targeted Ganguly because, in his capacity as a one-man commission appointed by the All India Football Federation (AIFF), he had in December 2012 imposed a two-year suspension on the club for walking out of a football match against East Bengal. The AIFF later revoked the suspension but imposed a Rs 2-crore fine on the club.
“Mohun Bagan managing director Anjan Mitra and the female intern have come out with a… criminal conspiracy for illegal extortion of money from the AIFF by demanding back the Rs 2 crore,” Singh said during today’s hearing.
She furnished a letter purportedly written by Mitra to AIFF president Praful Patel citing the sexual harassment allegations against Ganguly and asking Patel to review the former judge’s ruling against the club. She urged the court to stay Ganguly’s possible arrest.
The bench of Chief Justice P. Sathasivam and Justice Ranjan Gogoi said it would take the matter up on January 6 if the court registry clears the petition technically.
Singh later said she would launch an indefinite hunger strike before Parliament if the “insinuations against” Ganguly didn’t stop.
Singh said she had no independent sources of information to back her allegations but most of her inputs were drawn from media reports.
“I am not bothered if anybody files a defamation case. I am appearing in person and I will defend it myself,” said Singh, whose father was a district and sessions judge in Patna in the early 1980s.
Singh accused additional solicitor-general Indira Jaisingh of exploiting the situation by making public the intern’s affidavit.