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Dec 10, 2013 at 10:58am IST

Sexual harassment: Justice Ganguly evades question of his resignation

New Delhi: Former Supreme Court judge Justice AK Ganguly was evasive on Monday when asked whether he would resign as West Bengal Human Rights Commission Chairman over allegations of sexually harassing a law intern. He simply walked away when he was questioned.

Trinamool Congress MP Derek O'Brien on Monday said that it's a travesty that Ganguly still continued to be the chief of Human Rights Commission even as the world celebrates Human Right Day today (December 10). Earlier, he had written to President Pranab Mukherjee asking him to act against Ganguly, who has been indicted by a Supreme Court panel of sexually harassing a law intern in December, 2012.

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However, Ganguly continues to maintain his innocence.

The clamour for his resignation has gone a notch higher with the Congress too joining the Trinamool Congress asking him to step down after his indictment for sexual harassing a law intern.

The Supreme court panel that probed the case too had come under fire for not doing enough in the case. Union Law and Justice Minister Kapil Sibal criticised the Supreme Court for not acting after it constituted a committee to investigate the allegations.

Even Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley showed concerns on the way the case was handled. "Supreme Court on the administrative side may not have the power to deal with a retired judge. It could certainly do so on the judicial side," said Jaitley.