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Tuesday , January 7 , 2014
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Governor accepts justice Ganguly's resignation from human rights body

Calcutta, Jan 7 (PTI): West Bengal’s Governor M K Narayanan has accepted the resignation of Justice Ashok Kumar Ganguly as chairman of West Bengal Human Rights Commission, highly-placed sources said Tuesday.

“The Governor has accepted the resignation and has informed the state government about it,” the sources told PTI.

Ganguly, a retired Supreme Court judge, had been under intense pressure to step down after an intern alleged he had harassed her sexually at a meeting in December 2012. He had denied the charges steadfastly.

On Monday, Ganguly had met the Governor at Raj Bhavan but declined to comment on the matter.

Last Thursday, the Union Cabinet had approved 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.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who had brought in Justice Ganguly as the rights body’s chief after he retired from the Supreme Court, had written twice to President Pranab Mukherjee seeking urgent action against him.

A three-judge Supreme Court panel had said 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 a Le Meridien hotel room on December 24, 2012.

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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