Bengal Governor: US legal battle prevents prosecution in governor’s rape case | Kolkata News

Bengal Governor: US legal battle prevents prosecution in governor’s rape case | Kolkata News

Kolkata: The Kolkata-based Odissi dancer, who in October last year accused Bengal Governor CV Ananda Bose and his nephew of rape, has issued a statement categorically denying that she has withdrawn the case. However, she also clarified that she does not want to actively ‘pursue’ the case as a protracted legal battle in the US — involving the US Vice President and the Centre — is affecting her health.
The statement was delivered to a senior Trinamool functionary, Kunal Ghosh, who shared it on Facebook.
The dancer — who was based in the US — had accused the governor and his nephew of sexually assaulting her at a Delhi hotel in January 2023. She moved back to Kolkata after she got embroiled in the legal matter. It was this legal matter that prompted her to approach the governor, and even travel to Delhi after being promised help, she had told police.
Based on her complaint, the Hare Street police filed a ‘null FIR’ for rape and criminal conspiracy against the Governor’s nephew (the Governor may have constitutional immunity in such cases) and sent it to the Delhi Police.
The statement clearly stated that she has not withdrawn the complaint and that she “does not wish to pursue the complaint regarding Governor Bose.” She said that she is fighting a very critical legal battle and “my ill health does not permit me to pursue the matter regarding Governor Bose at this juncture.”
The development came against the backdrop of Bose sending complaints against Kolkata Police Commissioner Vineet Goyal and DCP (Central) Indira Mukherjee to the Centre and the state, seeking their removal for “misconduct and functioning in a manner unbecoming members of All-India Services.” TOI had on Monday (July 8) reported that MHA sources had made it clear that the rules governing All-India Services did not allow the Centre to take unilateral action against IPS officers serving in a state. Only the CM of the state concerned could do so.
Ghosh posted the dancer’s statement — signed by “Complainant (regarding Governor Bose January 2023 Delhi Taj Hotel issue)” — on Tuesday. He also said that he knew the complainant personally. “She had approached me to disseminate the correct information as there were some incorrect reports, quoting an unnamed MHA official, to the effect that she was withdrawing her case,” he told the press, adding, “The letter makes it clear that she is still the complainant, but due to some pressing legal issues involving the US and Indian governments, she cannot pursue the case at this juncture.”
The complainant had earlier told the police that she had approached Bose to help her as she was facing problems travelling and performing abroad. Bose, she said, had asked her to contact the Ministry of External Affairs and promised to help her. She was then sent flight tickets and booked to stay at a hotel in Delhi on January 5 and 6, 2023, she had told the police. The Governor was staying at Banga Bhavan in Delhi at the time and had come to pick her up from the hotel when she was assaulted, she had told the police.
In another case, a former Raj Bhavan staff member, who had accused the Governor of harassing her twice, has filed a case in the Supreme Court, questioning how the constitutional immunity of a Governor could protect him from a criminal case, despite her fundamental right to a free and fair investigation. The three Raj Bhavan staff members who were involved in her criminal conspiracy complaint have now been released on interim bail and have filed a case in the Calcutta High Court, pleading for quashing the case against them. The case is sub judice.