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Retired SC judge in law intern case named

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, November 29, 2013
First Published: 15:16 IST(29/11/2013) | Last Updated: 10:11 IST(30/11/2013)

Weeks after a former law intern alleged that she was sexually harassed by a recently retired Supreme Court judge; the top court on Friday revealed that the judge in question was justice AK Ganguly, who retired in February 2012 after handling a number of high-profile cases including the 2G scam.

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Denying the allegations, Justice Ganguly said, “I am shocked and shattered.”

A three-judge committee of justice RM Lodha, justice HL Dattu and justice Ranjana Prakash Desai that probed the former intern’s allegations submitted its report to Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam on Thursday.

The panel held seven sittings and also recorded the statement of justice Ganguly, an SC official said.

"I completely deny the allegations. What more is there to respond to “I am shaken that my name has been dragged like this and that too nearly two years after I have retired," justice Ganguly, currently the Chairman of the West Bengal Human Rights Commission, told HT.

On appearance before the SC panel, justice Ganguly said: "Yes I did appear and got my statement recorded. I don't want to comment on what transpired there. All I can say is that the committee did not appear to have believed that the allegations were true."

Asked if someone was behind these allegations, he said: "I don't want to get into all this. Please try and understand my mental state and have sympathy with me. Please leave me alone."

Earlier, he told TV channels: “I am a victim of situations...I am not ashamed of anything,"

The intern, who now works as a lawyer with an NGO, had written a blog on November 6 accusing the judge of sexually harassing her at a hotel in New Delhi on December 24 2012 when the capital was in the grip of protest following the rape of a paramedical student on December 16. But she had not named the judge.

The CJI had set up the committee on November 12 to look into her allegations after the issue was widely reported in mainstream media.

The former judge told TV channels the intern worked with him though she was not officially allocated to him. She came in the place of another intern who had gone abroad after marriage. "I never put up a poster.  She came on her own." He said the girl had come to his house on a number of occasions in connection with the work.


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