Sexual Assault Case: Intern Dismisses Ganguly’s Charge

A day after retired Supreme Court Judge A K Ganguly claimed he was being targeted by “powerful interests”, the woman lawyer who has accused him of sexual harassment hit back at him and pointed out that she has the “discernment to pursue appropriate proceedings”.

“I found it necessary to clarify the details of my statement to preserve my own dignity as well as that of the Supreme Court. At this stage, I believe that anyone claiming that my statements are false is showing disrespect not just to me, but also to the Supreme Court of India,” she wrote in her blog on the Journal of Indian Law and Society on Tuesday.

“I request that it be acknowledged that I have the discernment to pursue appropriate proceedings at appropriate times. I ask that my autonomy be respected fully,” she wrote.

The lawyer had alleged that Ganguly had sexually harassed her when she was interning with him in December last year. The three-judge panel set up by the Supreme Court had found Ganguly prima facie guilty of “unwelcome behaviour” and “unwelcome conduct of sexual nature”.

The lawyer said after appearing before the panel on November 18 and giving an oral statement, she had also submitted a written statement signed by her. On November 29, she sent an affidavit to Additional Solicitor General Indira Jaising, disclosing details and requesting her to seek appropriate action. Jaising had disclosed the contents of the affidavit in an article in The Indian Express.

“Even after the operative portion of the report of the committee was made public, many eminent citizens and legal luminaries continued to deride the committee’s findings and malign me,” she wrote. “Those who have been spreading rumours and politicising the issue are doing so out of prejudice and malice to obfuscate the issue and escape scrutiny and accountability.”