Abhijit Gangopadhyay Announces Resignation to Join Politics

Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay claimed that he has been dealing with cases of “huge corruption” for the past two years, particularly in education.

Calcutta High Court Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay has tendered his resignation, leaving the legal community and society at large in a state of speculation. The decision, while unexpected, has ignited conversations within society, with many contemplating the reasons behind this prominent jurist’s sudden departure from the bench.

News and political speculation surrounding Abhijit Gangopadhyay’s resignation reached a fever pitch as Pratik and Mahesh were engaged in a spirited discussion at a local society gathering.

Pratik: Have you heard the news about Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay? I can’t believe he resigned from the Calcutta High Court.

Mahesh: Yes, it’s quite shocking. He was known for his unwavering commitment to justice. I wonder what prompted him to take such a drastic step. Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay is well-known for his prompt orders, often requiring obedience in a matter of hours. Members of various social groups have expressed gratitude to him, especially those who aspire to be teachers.

Pratik: Rumor has spread that he might be considering a plunge into politics. Can you believe that? From the courtroom to the political arena.

Mahesh: Politics? That’s unexpected. But then again, we’ve seen other judges transition to politics before. I wonder if he has a specific agenda or cause he wants to champion.

Pratik: I heard that Justice Gangopadhyay dropped hints about being dissatisfied with the current state of affairs. Maybe he believes he can bring about more significant change through a political platform. “He wants to give the needy people a chance to act for them,” Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay stated when announcing his intention to enter politics.

Speaking with the media, Abhijit Gangopadhyay claimed that he has been dealing with cases of “huge corruption” for the past two years, particularly in education.

Mahesh: When will he resign?

Pratik: The judge of the Calcutta High Court has stated that he will present his resignation to the President of India within the first hour of Tuesday. The judge is scheduled to retire later this year. Copies of his resignation would be forwarded to the Chief Justice of the High Court of Calcutta and the Chief Justice of India. He stated that following his resignation, he will respond to all questions from the media on Tuesday at 1:30 pm in front of the statue of the late liberation warrior Master Da Surya Sen in front of the high court buildings.

Mahesh: Interesting. But what about the timing? It seems crucial for someone of his stature to step down. Do you think there’s more to the story?

Pratik: Well, there’s always more beneath the surface, isn’t there? Some say there might be differences or disagreements within the judiciary, or perhaps a desire for a new challenge. He has issued multiple orders directing the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to look into claims of anomalies in hiring practices for non-teaching and teaching staff in West Bengal government-aided and sponsored schools.

The Supreme Court intervened in January and took over all cases about the issue after a fight broke out between his single bench and a division bench of the high court over starting a CBI investigation into an alleged scam involving the issuance of caste certificates to candidates seeking reserved category MBBS seats in West Bengal.

Mahesh: Whatever the reason, it is a significant loss for the legal community. He was known for his integrity and legal acumen. On May 2, 2018, Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay, who was a member of the high court, became an extra judge of the Calcutta High Court. On July 30, 2020, he was promoted to permanent judge status, as per information on the Supreme Court’s website.

Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay’s move from the courtroom to the political arena, if indeed true, marks a significant shift. As society buzzes with speculation and opinions on his motivations, only time will reveal the reasons behind this unexpected resignation. For now, the legal community and the public await further developments, curious to see the path of Justice Gangopadhyay.

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FAQ

1. When did Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay join the Calcutta High Court?

On May 2, 2018, Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay, who was a member of the high court, became an extra judge of the Calcutta High Court.

2. When was Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay promoted to permanent judge?

On July 30, 2020, he was promoted to permanent judge status, as per information on the Supreme Court’s website.

3. When will Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay resign?

He will present his resignation to the President of India within the first hour of Tuesday.

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