New Delhi/Kolkata: The noose seems to be tightening against former Supreme Court judge A K Ganguly, with the Delhi Police today sending an e-mail to the complainant law intern asking her to come and file her FIR of sexual abuse against the retired judge.
Delhi Police had remained inactive till now in view of the probe committee set up by the apex court. The Supreme Court panel consisting of three sitting judges has concluded that the intern's statement revealed an "act of unwelcome behaviour" and "conduct of sexual nature" on part of Ganguly.
The panel however noted that since on the day of the incident, Ganguly had retired from the Supreme Court, the apex court had nothing more to do in this respect.
The three-judge committee of the Supreme Court has indicted Justice A K Ganguly of committing an "act of unwelcome behaviour" and "conduct of sexual nature"
towards a woman law intern but dropped any further action since he was a retired judge on the day of the incident.
Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam's statement that "no further follow up action is required by this Court" in view of the fact that Justice Ganguly had demitted office on the day of the incident Dec 24 last year raised questions on the next course of action in the case.
A two-page statement of the CJI giving the "operative portion" of the report said the Committee is of the considered view that the statement of (the intern) both written and oral, prima facie discloses an act of unwelcome behaviour (unwelcome verbal/non-verbal conduct of sexual nature) by Mr. Justice (Retd.) A.K. Ganguly with her in the room in hotel Le Meridien on 24.12.2012 approximately between 8.00 P.M. and 10.30 P.M,".
Justice P Sathasivam disclosed the name of the intern but in keeping with the legal requirements and media policy followed in such cases, the media is not mentioning her name.
The CJI's statement triggered immediate demands for filing of an FIR suo motu by the police in view of the "savage indictment" by the committee in the words of senior lawyer Pinaki Mishra.