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Ganguly yet to take a call on stepping down as WBHRC chief

Calcutta, Jan 6 (PTI): Former Supreme Court Judge A K Ganguly, who has been accused for a former law intern of sexually harassing her, said on Monday that he is yet to take a decision on resigning as chairman of West Bengal Human Rights Commission.

He, however, declined to comment on his telephonic conversation with former attorney general Soli Sorabjee.

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).

“I have read about it in newspapers. I don't want to make any comment on it,” Justice Ganguly told PTI.

When inquired whether he has been contemplating resignation, Ganguly said, “I have not decided anything.”

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