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WBHRC without a chaiperson since Justice AK Ganguly quit over sexual harassment allegations

Aug 08, 2014 10:35 AM IST India India
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Kolkata: It has been over six months that the West Bengal Human Rights Commission still does not have a chairperson since Justice AK Ganguly had to quit following sexual harassment allegations. Since January 2014 not a single order has been passed or been made public as per the WBHRC website that was known to be once active in taking suo moto cognizance cases.

The most glaring example according to activists of the commissions was the complete silence over the recent case of TMC MP Tapas Pal's rape for revenge comments.

The Commission's chairperson by law must be either a retired chief justice or judge of Supreme Court or chief justice of a high court.

AK Ganguly said, "At least appoint a proper chairperson. Without a chairman how can it function."

Human rights activists and victims of alleged state atrocities were up in arms especially over the appointment of the former state DGP Naparajit Mukherjee as the acting chairperson.

Activist Kirity Roy said, "Appointing a man who is a police officer accused of hundreds of human rights violations. It is not just a violation of law but a violation of the mandate."

Meanwhile, hearing on a PIL filed in the Calcutta High Court challenging his appointment continues but for now this important constitutional body continues to remain headless with people having no other recourse apart from courts.