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Ganguly weighs ‘advice’

New Delhi, Jan. 5: Asok Kumar Ganguly, the former Supreme Court judge accused by an intern of sexual misconduct, is weighing advice by associates and peers in Delhi to step down as head of the Bengal human rights commission, sources said tonight.

Ganguly, who is said to be in Delhi, could not be contacted till late tonight.

The sources said Ganguly was expected to take the final decision in the next couple of days in the light of his consultations with several legal experts.

Some advised him to continue while several others felt he should step down and then try to clear his name, the sources said.

The consultations came against the backdrop of a cabinet decision to recommend a presidential reference to the Supreme Court on Ganguly. Once the President makes such a reference, the Supreme Court is expected to form a bench to look into the issue.

Any resignation at this stage would avert the possibility of Ganguly having to defend himself before his former colleagues.

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