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rape victimDodging queries on the allegations of sexual assault levelled against him, former Supreme Court judge A.K. Ganguly Friday refused to comment on the issue or whether he would step down as head of the West Bengal human rights panel.

Surrounded by clamouring media persons, who repeatedly quizzed him on the allegations, Ganguly kept on repeating: “I shall not comment on this”.

Ganguly, now chairman of the state human rights commission, was faced with a volley of questions from scribes on the sidelines of a programme here.

He was identified as the judge against whom a young lawyer intern had levelled charges of sexual harassment by a three-member panel that probed the charge.

The report, submitted to Chief Justice P. Sathasivam, also carries the statements of the victim, a young lawyer who had interned under the Supreme Court judge, and that of Ganguly, the sources said.

She had first alleged sexual harassment on Nov 6, in a blog for Journal of Indian Law and Society. Subsequently she repeated the allegation in an interview to Legally India website.


The young lawyer, who is at present working with organization Natural Justice: Lawyers for Communities and Environment, said besides herself she has heard three other girls too were sexually harassed by the same judge.

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