The Law Ministry and the Home Ministry are already in agreement that prima facie a case can be made out against the former Supreme Court judge, sources said in Delhi. The matter was referred to Attorney General Vahanvati for his view on the government's stand as part of the laid down procedure.

In his opinion, to be forwarded to the Home Ministry soon, the AG is learnt to have said that there was sufficient evidence against the former Supreme Court judge and it was a fit case for a Presidential reference.

The stand of the Law Ministry and Attorney General are based, among other things, on the report of the three-judge Supreme Court committee which went into the allegations of the law intern. The Home Ministry had recently referred the matter to the Law Ministry. The Home Ministry will now take a final view on the issue.

The move came after President Pranab Mukherjee referred to the Home Ministry a letter by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee seeking Ganguly's removal from the high post following a woman law intern's allegation of sexual harassment against the former judge. Justice Ganguly has strongly denied the charge and refused to quit his post.

The Presidential reference to be made to the apex court will have to be cleared by the Union Cabinet before it is sent to the President.


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