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Law intern case: DU ex-law prof disputes SC panel’s jurisdiction

Satya Prakash, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, November 30, 2013
First Published: 00:13 IST(30/11/2013) | Last Updated: 00:49 IST(30/11/2013)

A former Delhi University law professor, who has filed a police complaint seeking a probe into sexual harassment charges by a former law intern against Justice (retd) AK Ganguly, on Friday questioned the court-appointed three-judge panel’s jurisdiction.

The panel submitted its report to Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam on Thursday.

“The Supreme Court has only delayed the matter by constituting the committee, which has no jurisdiction in the matter,” Professor SN Singh told HT, adding that Justice Ganguly had retired when the alleged incident took place in December 2012.

Singh said: “The court can initiate a probe only against a sitting judge for misbehaviour or misconduct on a reference made to it by either House of Parliament for the judge’s removal.” He, however, added: “Now that the committee has submitted its report, it should be made public.”

The former dean of DU’s law faculty insisted that police must investigate the matter after registering an FIR. The police can take the help of the SC panel’s report, he added.

The intern, then a law student at the National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS), Kolkata, now works for an NGO. Writing in a blog on November 6, she had accused a “recently retired SC judge” of sexually harassing her at a hotel in New Delhi in December 2012. But she did not name the judge.

On November 12, the chief justice set up a three-judge panel to look into her allegations after the issue was widely reported in mainstream media.

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