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A.K. Ganguly was elevated to the Supreme Court on 17 December 2008 and superannuated on 3 February 2012. Photo: Mint
A.K. Ganguly was elevated to the Supreme Court on 17 December 2008 and superannuated on 3 February 2012. Photo: Mint

Shocked by sexual harassment allegations: former SC judge Ganguly

A.K. Ganguly denies allegations of sexual harassment levelled by woman law intern

New Delhi: Denying any sexual harassment of a young woman law intern, former Supreme Court judge A.K. Ganguly on Friday said he was “shocked and shattered" by the charges against him.

“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.

Ganguly was reacting after an apex court official released a statement that the former judge had recorded his statement before a three-judge committee, headed by R.M. Lodha, that studied the intern’s allegations and submitted its report to Chief Justice P. Sathasivam on Thursday.

“I totally deny the allegations. I am a victim of situations," he told television channels. “I am not ashamed of anything," he said in reply to a question on the alleged incident, which was revealed after the intern spoke about it to a legal website earlier this month.

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 her marriage. He said the girl had come to his house on a number of occasions in connection with work.

Ganguly said the intern was like his child and he treated her that way. “I have worked with several interns in my life, a large number of them, and I treat them like my children. They are all well-placed in several places in their lives and nobody has made such allegations. I am shocked and shattered."

Ganguly was elevated to the Supreme Court on 17 December 2008 and superannuated on 3 February 2012. He is at present heading the West Bengal Human Rights Commission.

The official statement did not give any details of the findings of the committee.

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