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Panel names former India Supreme Court judge Ganguly in sex harassment allegation
Shocked, shattered by allegations: former Supreme Court judge Ganguly
New Delhi: A three-member panel that probed
the charge of sexual harassment of a young lawyer by a Supreme Court
judge has submitted its report, identifying the judge as A K Ganguly,
court sources said on Friday.
The report was submitted on
Thursday after the committee of three judges met six times. This is the
first time an alleged perpetrator has been named.
The report, submitted to
Chief Justice P Sathasivam, also carries the statements of the victim,
who interned in the Supreme Court, and that of the now-retired Justice
Ganguly, the sources said.
The graduate of Kolkata-based
National University of Judicial Sciences (NUJS) had alleged sexual
harassment by Ganguly while interning for him in December 2012.
The committee, which held six sittings on
November 13, 19, 21, 26, and 27, submitted its report to Chief Justice
Sathasivam on November 28.
The victim appeared before the committee on November 19 and was expected to appear again on November 21 but chose to stay away.
mentioned the incident in a blog for Journal of Indian Law and Society
on November 6 and later told the same in an interview with Legally India
The victim, who is working
with Natural Justice: Lawyers for Communities and Environment, said she
heard that there were three other girls besides her who were sexually
harassed by the same judge.
She also claimed to have knowledge of four more girls who were allegedly harassed by other judges in their chambers.
Denying any sexual harassment, Ganguly on Friday said he was “shocked and shattered” by the charges against him.
“I am denying everything. I
have told the committee that all the allegations levelled by the intern
are wrong. I don’t know how such allegations have been levelled against
me,” he said.
“I am a victim of situations,” he told television channels.
“I am not ashamed of
anything,” he said in reply to a question regarding the alleged episode
which came out in public after the victim spoke about it in the legal
portal earlier this month.
He said the charges against
him were totally wrong. The girl had not raised any sexual harassment
issue with him, he said, adding that he had not done any physical harm
The former judge said the
intern worked with him though she was not officially allocated to him.
She came in the place of another intern who had gone abroad after
marriage. “I never put up a poster. She came on her own.”
He said the girl had come to his house on a number of occasions in connection with work.
IB confirms Mysore
Roost Resort sex scandal
The Intelligence Bureau
has provided the Centre with a detailed account of the escapade
Karnataka High Court judges on November 3 in a resort on the outskirts of
Mysore, highly placed
sources told The Times of India on Friday.
According to a senior
official, “Most of the information sought has not only confirmed the veracity
of the incident but the
government has crosschecked it with another police agency. Both the
The incident was widely
reported in the media. What has surprised the Centre is the “dogged
refusal” of the
Karnataka police to confirm the incident. “Mysore Police Commissioner C.
denied that the incident ever took place. Only when a public notice was
issued through the high
court registrar seeking information on the Mysore scandal, did the facts
come out in the open.
Public protest helped a lot,” says the source.
What transpired at the
resort, says the source, “cannot be expected from anyone in civil society,
leave alone persons
sworn to upholding the law”. According to him, “The IB report consists of
unmentionable facts and
also makes it amply clear that the Mysore incident is not the first time
such things have
happened. Can anyone expect upholders of the law to pick a fight with people
who complained to the
police when caught in a compromising position?”
In a related
development, Karnataka High Court Chief Justice N.K. Jain has written to Chief
Justice of India Justice
G.B. Pattanaik asking that three judges be transferred. Jain has proposed
that Justice N.S.
Veerabhadraiah be transferred to the Patna High Court, Justice
Jammu & Kashmir and Justice V. Gopala Gowda to the Gauhati High
While Jain is understood
not to have given any reasons, highly placed sources say the proposal
for transfers is linked
to the Mysore incident.
However, the source says
that now the government is worried about the appropriate “remedial
measures”. In such
cases, transferring a judge to a remote high court doesn’t always work. He
says, “Bar associations
and the people of northeastern states were up in arms when some
judges of the Punjab and
Haryana high courts were transferred there. We expect similar protests
if the CJI accepts
Justice Jain’s proposal to transfer the three judges of the Karnataka High
The Bar Council of India
on Friday, while expressing its anguish at the Karnataka incident, called
for “follow-up action”.
“Unless prompt and
appropriate action is taken, it will erode the faith of public in the only
to be the bastion of our fighting faith in democracy,” it said in a statement.
The BCI has “lamented”
inaction in this case by “the higher judiciary and the government”.
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