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President accepts resignation of Meghalaya Governor, who allegedly accused of molestation

Days after a section of the media reported about an alleged molestation case involving Meghalaya Governor V. Shanmuganathan and a job aspirant, the Governor denied the allegations and said there could be vested interests behind this. President Pranab Mukherjee, accepting his resignation, gave Assam Governor, Banwarilal Purohit additional charge of Meghalaya. On Wednesday, 80 employees of the Shillong Raj Bhavan wrote to the President and Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his removal.

The letter signed by 98 Raj Bhavan employees said, “We expect the hon’ble Prime Minister to take action and remove the incumbent Governor of Meghalaya and restore the dignity of Raj Bhavan.”

The letter added, “From the time he has taken over, employees are going through severe humiliation, mental stress and torture.” 67-year-old Shanmuhanathan was accused of hiring women in his house, including PR officers, nurses and cooks who took direct orders from him.

The victim alleged that the Governor had a personal interview with her on the night of December 8 for the post of public relations officer and made “inappropriate advances” after he personally called her to attend the interview.  What irked the victim was the alleged ‘unprofessional and unfriendly’ behaviour of the Governor. She was one of the seven candidates selected for the personal interview.

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