Former Supreme Court Justice Asok Kumar Ganguly, embroiled in a sexual harassment controversy, today resigned as the Chairman of West Bengal Human Rights Commission (WBHRC) in a sequel to relentless pressure from different quarters.
Raj Bhavan sources said Justice Ganguly met Governor M K Narayanan in the evening and tendered his resignation explaining to him the circumstances he was quitting. The Union Cabinet had last week approved presidential reference under Article 143 of the Constitution of India for removal of Justice Ganguly.
However, as he resigned on his own and the Presidential reference now stands redundant. The 66-year-old former Supreme court judge had resigned from his position last week as a guest faculty in the National University of Judicial Sciences (NUJS) in Kolkata.
Justice Ganguly went into a huge controversy after a female law intern complained in a blog that he had sexually harassed her in a hotel room last year.
Supreme Court Chief Justice P Sathasivam suo motu set up a three-member fact-finding committee which declared having found prima facie truth in the law intern’s allegation which, however, was not lodged with police.