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NHRC dismisses petition against Justice AK Ganguly
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has dismissed a petition against Justice Ashok Kumar Ganguly in the case of alleged sexual assault filed by a woman lawyer. Hearing a petition by this Citizen Journalist (Akhand) and an Odisha based rights activist the commission has closed the case and the petition is dismissed in Limini.

It is noted that a woman lawyer working with a non-government organization recently alleged that during her law internship in Delhi, she was allegedly sexually assaulted by a judge (later named as Retd. Justice Asok Kumar Ganguly, 66 ) at a five star Hotel in Delhi on the eve of Christmas i.e. 25 Dec 2012.

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The victim lawyer (aged about 22), wrote in a blog post on November 6 that the top judge assaulted her in a hotel room last December - just when huge protests were taking place over the fatal gang rape and murder of a physiotherapist in the Indian capital.

According to her statement, three other girls were also sexually harassed by the same person and four other girls faced harassment from other persons.

Akhand alleged in his petition that “Sexual assault of (the victim) and others is a cognisable offence under Section 354, 354-A and 354-B and the other relevant provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Though two different complaints have been made in New Delhi and Kolkata, no FIR is registered by the police.”

He sought the intervention of the apex rights body to order Police to register a case in the matter and start a probe.

Hearing the petition the commission has issued direction that “it is seen that the complaint relates to the matter which is covered by a judicial verdict/decision of the Commission, hence the complaint can not be entertained by the Commission, as per Regulation 9(xii) of the N.H.R.C. (Procedure) Regulations, 1997.”

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