Sexual Assault: Before Pranab Mukherjee acts, Ganguly likely to resign

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Kolkata, Jan 6: It seems that President of India Pranab Mukherjee's intervention in infamous sexual assault case against former Supreme Court judge AK Ganguly might become infructuous. The accused is likely to resign as the chief of West Bengal Human Rights Commission (WBHRC).

Former Attorney General Soli Sorabjee, during an interview with TV news channel, said that Justice Ganguly has expressed his wish to quit the post. Sorabjee has been quoted as saying, "Justice Ganguly spoke to me over telephone and said that he is thinking of resigning (as WBHRC chief)."

Justice Ganguly's decision of resigning from the post surfaced just days after the cabinet's nod for presidential reference. Trinamool Congress leader Sougata Roy recently was quoted as saying, "Cabinet has given the OK to Presidential reference. Now President will refer it to the Supreme Court."

Ganguly spoke to me and said that he is thinking of resigning as WBHRC chief

"If he wants to save a little bit of honour that he has got the only option for him is to resign. Complaint against Ganguly has been made by a law intern. It is up to her to lodge a complaint, otherwise the offence was committed in Delhi. Only the Delhi police can take a suo moto action in this regard. The West Bengal Police has no locus standi in the matter," added Roy.

Following the Cabinet nod, the government will now send the proposal to president Pranab Mukherjee for consent.

Thereafter, it will be sent to the chief justice of the Supreme Court that is expected to conduct a judicial inquiry into the case by a three-judge bench.

Justice Ganguly has been accused of assaulting a law intern inside a hotel room in Delhi in 2012. People from different fields including West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee demanded his resignation as WBHRC chief following the allegations.

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