The intern’s complaint in a legal portal earlier this month that the judge had misbehaved with her had prompted the Supreme Court to set up a committee of three of its judges, to go into the matter.
The name of the judge against whom the allegation was made was made public on Nov 29 after an official of the apex court disclosed that the Committee had recorded statements of the intern as well as Justice Ganguly.
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 said.
He said the charges against him were totally wrong. The girl had not raised any sexual harassment issue with him, he said, adding that he had not done any physical harm to her.
The former judge said the intern worked with him though she was not officially allocated to him. She came in the place of another intern who had gone abroad after marriage. “I never put up a poster. She came on her own.” He said the girl had come to his house on a number of occasions in connection with the work. Later, when he appeared at a public function, the judge was followed by who sought his comments on the controversy. “I will not say anything. What kind of a question is this,?” he shot back.
He also refused to say whether he would resign from the post of chairman of the West Bengal Human Rights Commission. (PTI)