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I don't want to say anything: Justice Ganguly after ex-intern's rebuttal

PTI  Kolkata, December 24, 2013
First Published: 15:39 IST(24/12/2013) | Last Updated: 15:42 IST(24/12/2013)

Former Supreme Court judge Ashok Kumar Ganguly, who has been accused of sexually harassing a former law intern, on Wednesday said he would not comment on a post in her blog which hinted at filing a police complaint.

The intern has hit back at him for denying the charges.

She wrote on her blog on 'Legally India', "Those who have been spreading rumours and politicising the issue, are doing so out of prejudice and malice to obfuscate the issue and escape scrutiny and accountability." Indicating that she might lodge a police complaint, the intern said, "I request that it be acknowledged that I have the discernment to pursue appropriate proceedings at appropriate time. I ask that my autonomy be respected fully."

Asked by PTI whether protests and pressure from various quarters were politically motivated, the former judge replied, "I don't want to say anything on the matter. I have no reaction."

Justice Ganguly had written an eight-page letter to Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam, denying that he had sexually harassed the intern. He has alleged that there was a "palpable design" to malign him because of the judgements he had given against "powerful quarters".

He has refused to step down as chairman of the West Bengal Human Rights Commission.


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