A day after justice (retd) AK Ganguly wrote to Chief Justice of India (CJI) P Sathasivam, claiming to be the victim of a “conspiracy by powerful interests”, a former law intern who accused him of sexual harassment a year ago, hinted that she may approach the police.
“I have the discernment to pursue appropriate proceedings at appropriate times. I ask that my autonomy be respected fully,” she wrote in her latest blog on Tuesday.
Justice Ganguly, who refused to comment on the blog post, also came under attack from senior advocate Harish Salve who charged him with “casting aspersions” on the former law intern by accusing her of acting at somebody’s behest.
Talking to a TV channel Salve said justice Ganguly’s explanation amounted to undermining the institution of the Supreme Court.
The intern’s fresh statement came in the backdrop of the union home ministry drafting a cabinet note to make a reference to the Supreme Court for removing Ganguly as chairman of the West Bengal Human Rights Commission, in line with attorney general GE Vahanvati’s opinion.
The young lawyer, who works with an NGO, refuted Ganguly’s charges in his letter to the CJI that the allegation might be a result of a conspiracy against him as he had rubbed powerful people the wrong way in his career.
“There is a concerted move to tarnish my image as I had the unfortunate duty of rendering certain judgments against powerful interests. I may point out that despite odds, I judged the issues without fear or favour and if that triggers a collateral attack on me, then it poses a threat to the independence of the judiciary,” Ganguly had written to the CJI.
Countering his assertions, the former law intern wrote: “I have acted with utmost responsibility throughout, keeping in mind the seriousness of this situation. 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.”
Explaining why she chose to blog, she wrote: “I was also informed that the only route for me was to file a complaint with the police, which I was reluctant to do. However, I felt it was important to warn young law students that status and position should not be confused for standards of morality and ethics. Hence I chose to do so via a blog post.”