Meet Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay: Calcutta High Court Judge Set to Enter Politics

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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Justice Gangopadhyay who joined the high court in 2018, was due to retire in the next five months, in August 2024. ( Image Source :Twitter )

Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay, a distinguished figure in the Calcutta High Court, has recently declared his decision to step down from his judicial role, ahead of his scheduled retirement later this year. Renowned for his judgements on education-related matters, Justice Gangopadhyay revealed to a television channel that he is resigning to pursue a career in politics.

“I am going to resign from the post of a judge in High Court Calcutta. For the last two or more years, I have been dealing with some matters, especially education matters, regarding which a huge corruption has been discovered and unearthed. A large number of important persons in the education sector of this government are now languishing in jail, under trial,” he shared with ANI.

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“Thereafter, now I am taking labor matters. There are also large scams of employers concerning provident fund gratuity, etc. I have also passed certain orders in those respects. But what I have failed while doing these matters of labor matters, labor legislation, that I have felt that my job in this duty is over. This is the call of my conscience,” Justice Gangopadhyay added.

A high court judge since 2018, Justice Gangopadhyay has been known for his rulings that have occasionally sparked controversies. Here are five key facts about him:

1. Early Life: According to reports, Justice Gangopadhyay was born in Kolkata in 1962. He attended Mitra Institution, a Bengali medium school in south Kolkata.

2. Career Beginnings: After completing his graduation from Hazra Law College in Kolkata, Justice Gangopadhyay commenced his career in the Uttar Dinajpur district, working as a West Bengal Civil Service Grade A officer. He later resigned from civil service and started practicing as a state lawyer in the Calcutta High Court.

3. Judicial Journey: Justice Gangopadhyay was elevated to the post of additional judge in 2018 and subsequently became a permanent judge two years later.

4. Controversial Interview: As a high court judge, Justice Gangopadhyay attracted controversy in April last year by giving an interview to a TV channel while presiding over a case related to the ‘school jobs for cash scam.’ In the interview, he discussed the alleged involvement of TMC general secretary Abhishek Banerjee in the matter, drawing objection from the Supreme Court, which emphasized that sitting judges should refrain from giving interviews to TV channels.

5. Directives on Investigations: Justice Gangopadhyay has issued several directives instructing the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to probe allegations of irregularities in the recruitment processes of teaching and non-teaching staff in West Bengal government-sponsored and -aided schools.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

1. Why is Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay resigning from his post as a judge?

  • Justice Gangopadhyay is stepping down to enter politics, citing the completion of his duties and a call from his conscience.

2. What was the controversy surrounding Justice Gangopadhyay’s interview last April?

  • In the interview, he discussed the alleged role of TMC general secretary Abhishek Banerjee in the ‘school jobs for cash scam,’ which drew objection from the Supreme Court.

3. When did Justice Gangopadhyay become a permanent judge in the Calcutta High Court?

  • He was elevated to the post of additional judge in 2018 and became a permanent judge two years later.

4. What kind of cases has Justice Gangopadhyay been dealing with recently?

  • He has been handling matters related to education, including corruption cases, and labor matters involving scams concerning provident fund and gratuity.

5. What directives has Justice Gangopadhyay issued in his capacity as a judge?

  • He has instructed the CBI and the ED to investigate allegations of irregularities in the recruitment processes of teaching and non-teaching staff in West Bengal government-sponsored and -aided schools.

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