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Former Supreme Court Justice Asok Kumar Ganguly, who is also chairman of the West Bengal Human Rights Commission (WBHRC), has quit as honorary professor at NUJS Kolkata, the alma mater of a former intern who accused him of sexual harassment.

Ganguly wrote, according to NDTV: “I voluntarily opt out, don't want to continue as a member of the guest facility and be a burden on NUJS.”

Yesterday the Union Government cabinet cleared the way for a presidential reference to remove Ganguly from his chairmanship of the WBHRC.

Former Chief Justice of India (CJI) Altamas Kabir was proposed to become an honorary professor at the college in early December.

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+14 -11 Jury 2014-01-03 17:38  controversial
It is unfortunate that a retd. SC Judge was made to resign for unproved allegations. If this trend continues, anyone can attack anyone and compel him/her to step down.
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+2 -2 XYZ 2014-01-05 00:27
Quoting Jury:
It is unfortunate that a retd. SC Judge was made to resign for unproved allegations. If this trend continues, anyone can attack anyone and compel him/her to step down.

This is a ridiculous comment - the allegations were upheld by a SC appointed committee.
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+2 -0 Guest 2014-01-05 11:10
Quoting XYZ:
Quoting Jury:
It is unfortunate that a retd. SC Judge was made to resign for unproved allegations. If this trend continues, anyone can attack anyone and compel him/her to step down.

This is a ridiculous comment - the allegations were upheld by a SC appointed committee.


Allegations were not 'upheld'. The committee only said that there was no reason to think it was a sham complaint on the face of it. They did not examine any evidence so the question of 'upheld' does not arise.
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+1 -0 SC Lawyer 2014-01-06 13:05
Lol. I just hope that XYZ is not a lawyer.
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+6 -9 Anish 2014-01-03 20:41  controversial
Truly a bad precedent. This is nothing but mob-fury and media circus forcing a very reputed figure to undergo humiliation on the basis of some apparently flimsy allegations. Hope the complainant will take this oppurtunity to disgorge some more revealing titbits of the assault story to the media, he WSJ and LI. As someone on LI commented a while ago, those reading the stepping down of Justivce Ganguly with a smug satisfaction should remember that they too will likely face similar situations some day.
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+2 -0 Not AKG 2014-01-04 23:06
Quoting Anish:
Truly a bad precedent. This is nothing but mob-fury and media circus forcing a very reputed figure to undergo humiliation on the basis of some apparently flimsy allegations. Hope the complainant will take this oppurtunity to disgorge some more revealing titbits of the assault story to the media, he WSJ and LI. As someone on LI commented a while ago, those reading the stepping down of Justivce Ganguly with a smug satisfaction should remember that they too will likely face similar situations some day.


Sometimes there is a moral obligation too. Anthony Weiner, the US Senator, a case in point. Also, the SC judicial committee, had stated that AKG's conduct was a prima facie act of sexual harassment.
Also, there is no smoke without fire.
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+2 -0 Guest 2014-01-05 11:09
Quoting Not AKG:
Quoting Anish:
Truly a bad precedent. This is nothing but mob-fury and media circus forcing a very reputed figure to undergo humiliation on the basis of some apparently flimsy allegations. Hope the complainant will take this oppurtunity to disgorge some more revealing titbits of the assault story to the media, he WSJ and LI. As someone on LI commented a while ago, those reading the stepping down of Justivce Ganguly with a smug satisfaction should remember that they too will likely face similar situations some day.


Sometimes there is a moral obligation too. Anthony Weiner, the US Senator, a case in point. Also, the SC judicial committee, had stated that AKG's conduct was a prima facie act of sexual harassment.
Also, there is no smoke without fire.


Thats a bad example because Anthony Wiener email people his own semi-porn photos, a fact which was easily proven and verifiable with electronic trails. A court trial would have been a mere formality. In Justice Ganguly's case the 'allegation' is not yet proven to any degree beyond the word of the intern. Theres a lot of difference.

'no smoke without fire' is at odds with the principle of presumption of innocence till proven guilty so another bad quote.
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+2 -1 Know zilch 2014-01-06 09:34
Quoting Anish:
Truly a bad precedent. .... remember that they too will likely face similar situations some day.


Absoultely.

Shouldn't there be a strong provision in law to protect the reputation of judges ? Criminal defamation against judges must be made doubly strong, cognizable and non bailable. Anybody addressing them with disrespect should also be pulled up. Sometimes even the family members are being hated instead of being respected. The law should protect them too.

As an after thought, I think it will be expedient (and fair, smooth, etc) if honourable legislators are also protected in a similar way. Reputation is important for every person, and all people are equal of course, but we have to start somewhere, isn't it better than not starting at all ?
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+5 -4 NUJS fault 2014-01-04 10:12
At the moment NUJS is a burden on anyone associated with it in any manner whatsoever!!
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