Sex Scandal: Meghalaya Governor Shangmuganathan resigns

SHILLONG: Meghalaya Governor V Shangmuganathan has resigned, sources said, days after a controversy was triggered by reports in local media, which accused him of sexual misconduct.

The reports had quoted a woman who had come to seek a job at the Governor’s Office. A letter was sent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi by the staff of the Governor’s House, accusing the Governor of “compromising with the dignity of his office”.

The Governor, who also holds the additional charge of Arunachal Pradesh, has denied the allegations.

“All these things are not right… We have selected only one person. Those who were not selected should not say all these things,” the Governor had told local daily Shillong Times yesterday.

Earlier today, Chief Minister Mukul Sangma had said that he was waiting for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Home Ministry to take a call on the matter.

The resignation follows a popular protest in Shillong as the civil society groups hit the streets.

“Our demand is that the Governor should step down. We want impartial probe. The sexual harassment act should be properly implemented in Meghalaya, there should be an internal committee in on sexual harassment in governor’s house,” said Tarun Bharatiya, one of the protesters.