A Supreme Court inquiry concluded that the former Supreme Court judge, AK Ganguly had indulged in an 'unwelcome verbal and non-verbal conduct of sexual nature' with a young female intern in a five-star hotel room in Delhi. The intern was working under him last December.
It had been stated that the allegations would be investigated by three judges of the Supreme Court. Both Justice Ganguly and the young women testified for the committee. The court bench decided that follow up action was not required, because the female's internship with the former Supreme Court judge was a private placement and he had retired when the alleged violation took place.
When asked to Mamta Sharma, the Chairperson of National Commission for Women (NCW) about their intervention in this case, she said, ''As the SC committee has given a report that Ganguly's behavior was unwelcoming, so now we are going to send a legal notice to him.''
The girl, a graduate from National University of Juridical Sciences (NUJC), Kolkata, in her affidavit before the fact-finding committee had narrated about the sequence of events leading to sexual harassment by Justice Ganguly.
She claimed that Justice Ganguly repeatedly requested her to come to Le Meridien in Central Delhi to help him as a research assistant. She also said that Justice Ganguly offered her wine, while he was himself drinking and said that it was customary to drink wine on Christmas eve.
Geeta Shree, editor of a magazine Bindiya, which focuses on women said, ''Justice Ganguly's case is also a case of sexual harassment. Even though, the inquiry committee has found him guilty, but action has not yet been taken, because he is a retired judge and the victim is also from another institution. Though, this case does not fall under sexual harassment in work area, but it comes under the general law against sexual harassment and police should act on that basis.''
She also added that, ''He should immediately resign from his post on moral grounds, because sexual harassment is a violation of human rights. And also the police should take appropriate measures as all of us are equal in the eyes of law. The case is connected to a person, who is himself a judge, and if proper action is not taken, it will send a wrong message to the public, as a result the public will lose trust on the Indian Judicial system.''