Somnath Chatterjee supports AK Ganguly, calls probe 'travesty of justice'

Kolkata: Coming to the defence of beleaguered Justice AK Ganguly again, former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee today said it would be a 'travesty of justice' if the Supreme Court was requested by the Centre to probe into the allegations against him afresh.

"It would be a travesty of justice. The Supreme Court has already made an administrative inquiry. How can the Supreme
Court go into its own findings again?" Chatterjee told PTI here.

 Somnath Chatterjee supports AK Ganguly, calls probe travesty of justice

Justice AK Ganguly. PTI image

He was commenting on the Home Ministry seeking the opinion of the Law Ministry for sending a Presidential reference to the Supreme Court to probe the allegations against Justice Ganguly and give its recommendations on the issue of removing him as chairman of West Bengal Human Rights Commission.

"Senior judges of the Supreme Court were part of the inquiry panel," Chatterjee said referring to the three-judge panel which had indicted Justice Ganguly after going into the allegations of a law intern.

"Government has no jurisdiction. What is his (Sushil Kumar Shinde's) jurisdiction? Law does not interpret his intervention. Under the Act the government has no jurisdiction, except to prosecute," Chatterjee said.

Stating that Justice Ganguly should suffer if 'he tells lies', Chatterjee, however, said: "There are too many coincidences in the story. Everybody knows why Trinamool... Honourable Chief Minister has demanded (resignation of Ganguly) long time back."

PTI

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Updated Date: Dec 19, 2013 17:45:33 IST