Dismiss AK Ganguly: Sushma Swaraj appeals to President

Sushma Swaraj appealed to President Pranab Mukherjee to dismiss AK Ganguly from the post of WBHRC chief after the retired judge was accused of sexually harassing a law intern.

IANS| Updated: Dec 17, 2013, 00:31 AM IST

New Delhi: Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj Monday appealed to President Pranab Mukherjee to dismiss A.K. Ganguly from the post of West Bengal Human Rights Commission chief after the retired judge was accused of sexually harassing a law intern.

Sushma Swaraj made the appeal while speaking at a memorial programme for the 23-year-old trainee physiotherapist who was gang-raped a year before in New Delhi.

She said that if Ganguly did not resign from his post even after the three-member committee of the Supreme Court indicted him for unwelcome behaviour with the law intern, the president should use his powers.

"The president has power and he should use it to dismiss Ganguly from his post," she said.

The judges` panel report, submitted to Chief Justice of India P. Sathasivam Nov 28, said the statement of the law intern, now a lawyer, disclosed "an act of unwelcome behaviour (unwelcome verbal/non-verbal conduct of sexual nature) by Justice (retd) A.K. Ganguly with her in the room in hotel Le Meridien on Dec 24, 2012".

After considering the report, a full bench of the apex court ruled out any action from its side in the incident, as Ganguly was no longer a serving judge