A day after the former Supreme Court judge Ashok Kumar Ganguly chose to quit as the chairman of West Bengal Human Rights Commission (WBHRC), the state’s Governor MK Narayanan on Tuesday accepted his resignation and forwarded the letter to the Chief Secretary Sanjay Mitra and President Pranab Mukherjee.
Reeling under intense pressure to quit from the state’s rights panel in wake of sexual harassment allegations by a woman law intern, Justice Ganguly yesterday met the Governor at Raj Bhawan in what was a closed door meeting lasting 45 minutes and submitted his resignation.
Ganguly had earlier in December ruled out resigning from the post of WBHRC chief but after a presidential reference for his removal was okayed, Ganguly submitted his resignation, thus saving himself the ignominy of being thrown out.
The chorus for him to step down grew louder after the beleaguered judge was indicted by the Supreme Court panel for “unwelcome behaviour” and “conduct of sexual nature”.
However, he has denied the allegations against him and claimed that he was being framed by some”powerful interests” in retaliation to certain judgements delivered by him.
Justice Ganguly was accused of misbehaviour by a law intern in the Le Meridien hotel room on December 24 last year.