Kolkata, January 3, 2014: Even as he maintained on Friday that he has “not decided on his resignation” from the post of chairperson of the West Bengal Human Rights Commission (WBHRC), Justice (retd.) Asok Kumar Ganguly resigned as a guest faculty member of the National University of Judicial Sciences (NUJS) here.
The development comes a day after the Union Cabinet gave its nod for a Presidential Reference to the Supreme Court for his removal. “Some of the faculty members, not all, have expressed their opinion that my association with the university is against the spirit of NUJS…. I have written a letter to the Vice Chancellor stating that I wish to relinquish all association with the university,” the retired Supreme Court judge told The Hindu.
In the letter to Vice Chancellor P Ishwara Bhat, he said he was “immensely pained” to find that some members of the faculty of the institute found his association with the university “contrary to the spirit of NUJS.” Last month, 12 faculty members had written to the Vice Chancellor stating that since Justice Ganguly “continues to remain an honorary professor at NUJS, we request the NUJS administration to take immediate steps to see to it that necessary action is initiated …”
“I have always tried to the best of my ability to live up to the spirit of research and leaning at NUJS and treated all students with the utmost kindness they deserve.”