In­tern case: SC panel outs name of re­tired judge

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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Fri­day dis­closed the iden­tity of the judge ac­cused of sex­ual ha­rass­ment by a for­mer law in­tern as jus­tice AK Gan­guly, who re­tired in Fe­bru­ary 2012 af­ter han­dling sev­eral high-pro­file cases, in­clud­ing the 2G spec­trum scam.

A three-judge probe com­mit­tee ap­pointed by the court sub­mit­ted its re­port to Chief Jus­tice of In­dia P Satha­si­vam on Thurs­day. The panel held seven sit­tings and recorded the state­ment of jus­tice Gan­guly, an SC of­fi­cial said on Fri­day. The re­port has not yet been made pub­lic.

A “shocked and shat­tered” Gan­guly told HT, “I com­pletely deny the al­le­ga­tions. What more is there to re­spond to? I am shaken that my name has been dragged like this and that too nearly two years af­ter I have re­tired.”

“Yes, I did ap­pear (be­fore the SC panel) and got my state­ment recorded,” Gan­guly, cur­rently the chair­man of the West Ben­gal Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion, said. “I don’t want to com­ment on what tran­spired there. All I can say is that the com­mit­tee did not ap­pear to have be­lieved the al­le­ga­tions were true.”

Asked if some­one was be­hind it all, he said: “I don’t want to get into this. Try and un­der­stand my men­tal state and have sym­pa­thy for me. Please leave me alone.”

Ear­lier, he told TV chan­nels: “I am a vic­tim of sit­u­a­tions... I am not ashamed of any­thing.”

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