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Intern abuse: NGO files complaint against Ganguly

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Kolkata, December 04, 2013
First Published: 18:48 IST(4/12/2013) | Last Updated: 20:12 IST(4/12/2013)

A voluntary organistaion filed an FIR against retired Supreme Court judge Ashok Kumar Ganguly, who has been accused of sexually harassing a law intern, with a police station in Kolkata on Wednesday.

“It is a written complaint. If the police find merit in it, they can turn it into an FIR,” said Vineet Ruia, president of Bharat Bachao Sangathan, the NGO that lodged the complaint.

Ganguly, the West Bengal Human Rights Commission (WBHRC) chairperson, is in the eye of the storm following accusations of sexual abuse being levelled against him.

The Trinamool Congress, Bengal's ruling party, wants Ganguly's resignation from the WBHRC post.

“The charges cannot but leave an impact on public perception of his current role as chair of the WBHRC,” Trinamool MP Derek O'Brien said in a statement.

A woman alleged in a blog this November that a recently retired SC judge had harassed her in a Delhi hotel in 2012, when she was a law intern. She did not name Ganguly.

A three-member SC panel constituted to carry out a probe into the matter later identified Ganguly as the alleged harasser.

Bharat Bachao Sangathan, which wants Ganguly's resignation, had held a demonstration in front of the rights commission's office on Monday - the first day Ganguly attended his office after the SC named him.

Ganguly has defended himself, saying the charges against him were false.

Former Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir has said the allegation was hard to believe and needs to be proved.

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