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Woman accuses West Bengal Governor Ananda Bose of sexual harassment

The governor has denied the allegations made by the woman, who is a temporary staffer at Raj Bhavan.

C V Ananda BoseKOLKATA: In a sensational charge, a female employee of Raj Bhavan has accused West Bengal Governor CV Ananda Bose of sexual harassment.

The woman had been working as a temporary staffer at Raj Bhavan since 2019. She complained of feeling uncomfortable when the governor met her on Thursday, reportedly to discuss her promotion.

According to the complaint, the woman was touched improperly by the governor a week ago. Sources said she first complained to the Raj Bhavan police outpost before filing a complaint at Hare Street police station.

Senior police officials said they received a complaint and are looking into it.

“We have received a complaint and are conducting an investigation. We are also consulting the matter with constitutional experts of the law department. As per the woman’s allegation, she was molested inside Raj Bhavan,” Deputy Commissioner of Central Division Indira Mukherjee told reporters.

Meanwhile, Bengal Governor Ananda Bose has denied the allegations.

In a statement released by the Raj Bhavan, Bose said: “Truth shall triumph. I refuse to be cowed down by engineered narratives. If anybody wants some election benefits by maligning me, God bless them. But they cannot stop my fight against corruption and violence in Bengal.”

According to sources in the Governor House, the “woman employee, with the help of her alleged boyfriend, who is also an employee of the Raj Bhavan, was blocking complaints (from people) being sent to the Election Commission of India.”

A Raj Bhavan source claimed, “When she was reprimanded for that, she went outside and alleged molestation. She is in the habit of throwing tantrums against her colleagues because of some disease.”

According to constitutional experts, a governor, while in office enjoys immunity from all criminal proceedings under Article 361 of the Constitution.

Meanwhile, the incident has triggered a political slugfest in the state.

Senior TMC leaders claimed this evening in a series of social media posts that the woman, who had levelled the allegations, has been taken to a police station to complain against Bose.

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