The Supreme Court-appointed probe panel submits report to CJI

The woman law intern has informed the three-judge panel that it was former Supreme Court Judge A.K. Ganguly who had allegedly sexually harassed her in December last.

According to highly placed sources, following the naming of the judge, the probe committee comprising Justices R.M. Lodha, H.L. Dattu and Ranjana Desai had recorded the statement of Justice Ganguly. The panel submitted its report to the Chief Justice of India P. Sathasivam on Thursday.

The Committee was set up by the CJI as a fact finding panel to find out the veracity of the contents of a blog in which the law intern had highlighted the alleged sexual harassment incident involving the judge concerned.

The woman intern had alleged that the retired judge had misbehaved with her in a hotel room last December when the nation was protesting against the gang rape of a 23-year-old woman in the capital.

The contents of her blog were published in a newspaper and the committee was asked to probe into the correctness of her statement and the alleged incident.

Supreme Court sources said the committee met on November 13, 18, 19, 20, 21, 26 and 27 and recorded the statement of law intern. She also submitted three affidavits in support of her statement. The statement of former Judge A.K. Ganguly was also recorded by the committee, which submitted its report to the CJI on Thursday.

PTI adds:

As soon as the name became public, Justice Ganguly, who now heads the West Bengal Human Rights Commission, expressed “shock” over the allegation and said he was “shattered“.

“I am denying everything. I have told the committee that all the allegations levelled by the intern are wrong. I don’t know how such allegations have been levelled against me,” he told PTI.

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