CNN-IBN | 29-Nov-2013 16:01 PM
New Delhi: The Supreme Court appointed panel that probed alleged incident of sexual harassment of a law intern by one of its recently retired judge submitted its report to the Chief Justice of India on Friday. The committee has also identified the former Supreme Court judge and recorded his statement.
The committee has also recorded Justice (Retd) AK Ganguly’s statement. The committee held seven meetings on the matter.
Reacting to this, Justice Ganguly expressed shock. “I’m shocked and shattered and I totally deny the allegations. I’m a victim of the situation,” he said speaking to IBN18 Editor-in-Chief Rajdeep Sardesai.
“The intern has worked with me, she never raised the issue with me,” he said. He also said he was not given an opportunity to present his case.
“I tried to contact her couple times after she levelled the allegation but she refused to speak to me,” Justice Ganguly said.
The law intern who had alleged sexual harassment by a former Supreme Court judge had deposed before the committee last week. The law intern recorded also requested the committee that confidentiality of her testimony be maintained.
The members of the committee include Ravindra Maithani, Secretary General of the apex court, justices RM Lodha, HL Dattu and Ranjana Prakash Desai.
The intern was requested to appear before the committee which is inquiring into the allegation levelled by her against the judge. After Chief Justice P Sathasivam had on November 12 constituted the three-judge committee to look into the charge of the lawyer, she was called to record her testimony to substantiate her charge.
Observing that he was concerned as head of the institution (judiciary), Chief Justice Sathasivam had said, “In the cases of sexual harassment, we cannot take it lightly.”
The CJI had said that the committee “will go into the whole affair and find out the facts and prepare the report and from today evening (November 12) they are going to start their work”.
The matter was mentioned before the bench by Attorney General GE Vahavati who had termed it as “an extremely serious matter”.
The young woman intern had accused the sitting judge, who retired recently, of having misbehaved with her in a hotel room last December when the nation was grappling with the gangrape of a 23-year-old woman in the capital.
(With additional information from PTI)