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Harassment Allegations Against Bengal Governor, 3 Officials Charged


Three Raj Bhavan employees were the subject of a First Information Report (FIR) that was filed on Saturday for allegedly restraining an employee who had accused Bengal Governor CV Ananda Bose of sexual harassment.


Police sources state that earlier this month, a woman who claimed to be a temporary worker at Raj Bhavan approached the police, alleging that the Governor had repeatedly sexually assaulted her under the guise of a job.

The charges were refuted by Governor Bose, who referred to them as a “engineered narrative”. “Truth will win out. God bless anyone who wants to defame me in order to gain an advantage in the election. However, they are powerless to stop me from fighting Bengali violence and corruption “had said.

The FIR, which was registered at Hare Street Police Station, does not mention the Governor. Under Article 361 of the Constitution, no criminal proceedings can be started against a governor during his term in office.

The FIR was filed after the employee recorded her statement before a magistrate, police said.

According to the FIR, the three officials tried to wrongfully restrain the complainant in the Raj Bhavan and stopped her from approaching the police over the alleged incident.

The case has been registered under sections 341 (wrongful restraint) and 166 (public servant disobeying law) of the Indian Penal Code.

Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, questioning his silence over the sexual harassment charges levelled against the Governor. “I wonder what is happening in the Raj Bhavan, and that too on a day when the Prime Minister is coming to the state,” she had said.

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