However, highly placed sources had said Ganguly handed over his resignation, four days after the Union Cabinet met and decided to make a Presidential reference to the Supreme Court for his removal from the post as mandated under the Human Rights Commission Act. Ever since the scandal broke in November, the former apex court judge had refused to step down even after a three-judge committee of the Supreme Court had indicted him.
The panel had held that the statement of the intern, both written and oral, had prima facie disclosed “an act of unwelcome behavior (unwelcome verbal/non-verbal conduct of sexual nature)” by the judge with her in the Le Meridien hotel room in Delhi on Dec 24, 2012.West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had written twice to President Pranab Mukherjee seeking urgent action against the retired judge. The Union Cabinet among other things had taken into account the Chief Minister’s communication to the Indian President. Justice Ganguly has denied the allegations of the law intern and blamed “powerful interests” of trying to tarnish his image due to certain judgements delivered by him. Ganguly did not attend office on Jan 7. Ganguly called up his office in the morning and told the staff that he would not be coming on Jan 7. (PTI)