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Setback to AK Ganguly, NUJS faculty wants him out

HT Correspondents , Hindustan Times  Kolkata/New Delhi, December 26, 2013
First Published: 00:21 IST(26/12/2013) | Last Updated: 09:15 IST(26/12/2013)

The faculty of Kolkata's National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJS) has urged vice-chancellor P Ishwara Bhat to take steps to remove justice AK Ganguly as an honorary professor because of molestation charges against him.

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In a statement on the NUJS's blog, 13 teachers have condemned justice Ganguly, a former Supreme Court judge, for attributing political motives to the blog of the alleged victim, a former student at the university, and her statement before a three-judge committee constituted by Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam.

"Considering the nature of (the) allegations, and noting that Reva (name changed) was a student, and the former judge was an honorary professor of NUJS at the time of (the) incident, we feel that the latter's continued association with our institution undermines the ideals of NUJS, an institution that has always strived to teach and foster justice, including gender justice," the statement read.

It said the position of a professor was that of trust and required that such a person be above allegations of misbehaviour. The supposed victim was pursuing her law course at the time when she was allegedly harassed. She was then interning with justice Ganguly, who had come to Delhi in December last year to complete a report for the All India Football Federation.

The incident is said to have happened at the Le Meridien hotel, where justice Ganguly reportedly forced the complainant to have wine as part of Christmas eve celebrations.

On November 6, the complainant had highlighted on the NUJS's blog her conflicting emotions she had. Subsequently, the CJI formed a committee, which held the victim's statement "prima facie disclosed an act of unwelcome behaviour (unwelcome verbal/non-verbal conduct of sexual nature".

Later, additional solicitor general Indira Jaisingh made the victim's statement to the committee public. This was followed by Attorney General GE Vahanvati's statement saying steps should be taken to remove the retired judge as chairman of the West Bengal Human Rights Commission.

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