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HindustanTimes Thu,17 Apr 2014

Ganguly can’t commit such a crime: Altamas Kabir

Satya Prakash, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, November 30, 2013
First Published: 18:55 IST(30/11/2013) | Last Updated: 01:57 IST(1/12/2013)

A day after a Supreme Court-appointed panel identified justice AK Ganguly as the retired judge against whom a law intern levelled allegations of sexual assault, ex-CJI Altamas Kabir has come out in his support saying justice Ganguly cannot commit such a crime.


 
The three-judge panel headed by justice RM Lodha submitted its report on Thursday to Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam but it has not been made public.
Justice Ganguly, who has already denied the allegations, on Saturday said: “I don’t want to say anything more.”
 
“I don’t believe he can commit such an offence. I have worked with him for a long time. ,” justice Kabir said.

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Rejecting the suggestion that justice Ganguly should resign as Chairman of the West Bengal Human Rights Commission, he said it was not necessary for him to resign simply because somebody levelled an allegation.

“The allegation needs to be proved,” Kabir said in Kolkata. Former Delhi HC judges — Justice RS Sodhi and Justice SN Dhingra - questioned the SC’s authority to appoint a panel to look into the conduct of a retired judge. “A retired judge does not enjoy any protection under the law. The SC panel had no authority to look into his conduct. It’s a cognizable offence and should have been probed by the police.,” Justice Sodhi told HT.

He added: “If justice Ganguly has been exonerated, the insinuation must end and the reasons be made public. It means the girl was lying...then she should be prosecuted.”

(With inputs from Kolkata Bureau)

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