Complaint of sexual harassment against Bengal Governor, SIT summons 4 staff of Raj Bhavan

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The female contractual employee lodged a written complaint with the Kolkata Police accusing the Bengal Governor of sexual harassment in the Raj Bhavan complex. However, the police cannot initiate criminal proceedings against the Governor as he enjoys constitutional immunity. Under Article 361(2) of the Constitution, no criminal proceedings can be initiated against a Governor during his tenure. The article states that no criminal proceedings shall be instituted or continued in any court against the President or the Governor of any State during his term of office.

The Special Investigation Team (SET) of Kolkata Police on Saturday summoned four Raj Bhavan staff members in connection with sexual harassment allegations against West Bengal Governor CV Anand Bose. An investigation team has been formed to investigate the allegations of a female contractual employee against the Governor. The SET, headed by DC (Central) Indira Mukherjee, began investigation into the case on Friday and will also speak to witnesses in the next few days. The team has also asked Raj Bhavan to share CCTV footage. We have formed an investigation team which will talk to some potential witnesses in this case in the next few days. “We have also requested Raj Bhavan to share CCTV footage when available,” news agency PTI quoted an official as saying.

The female contractual employee lodged a written complaint with the Kolkata Police accusing the Bengal Governor of sexual harassment in the Raj Bhavan complex. However, the police cannot initiate criminal proceedings against the Governor as he enjoys constitutional immunity. Under Article 361(2) of the Constitution, no criminal proceedings can be initiated against a Governor during his tenure. The article states that no criminal proceedings shall be instituted or continued in any court against the President or the Governor of any State during his term of office.

Meanwhile, the Governor of Bengal, who has denied the allegations. An order has been given to ban the entry of police into Raj Bhavan under the guise of conducting unauthorized, illegitimate, sham and motivated investigation to please political masters during elections. Bose had also said that he expected more such allegations to surface, but that it would not stop him from making determined efforts to expose corruption and curb violence in the state.

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