Expelled CPI(M) MP Ritabrata accused of sexual exploitation, responds with extortion allegation

A Netherlands-based woman alleged they had physical relationship during her stay in Delhi. Ritabrata, however, said she was extorting money from him, and had asked Rs 50 lakh for not filing an FIR.

india Updated: Oct 09, 2017 21:18 IST
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Hindustan Times, Kolkata
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Ritabrata Banerjee posted a copy of the complaint against the woman, accusing her of extortion.(Source:Twitter)

A Netherlands-based woman has accused former CPI(M) leader Ritabrata Banerjee of sexually exploiting her on the pretext of marriage, an allegation the Rajya Sabha MP dismissed with a complaint of extortion against the woman.

The woman, who is in Delft in Netherlands, tweeted photos of the two in intimate position and tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and Union women and child welfare minister Maneka Gandhi.

She alleged they had physical relationship during her stay in Delhi before leaving for the Netherlands.

Ritabrata, however, refuted the allegations, posting a copy of the complaint against the woman, accusing her of extortion. He also uploaded screenshots of a WhatsApp conversation he had with the woman, during which she asked Rs 50 lakh for not filing an FIR.

“Hard Facts. ‘Manufactured Lies’ will be combatted. Will not succumb to “politically aided” threats,” tweeted Banerjee. He also tagged the Prime Minister’s office, the Bengal chief minister and several media houses.

Multiple romantic liaisons was one of the complaints that Banerjee faced before he was expelled from CPI(M) on allegations of anti-party activities. However, the 38-year-old legislator had threatened legal action against the party’s state unit for publicly accusing him of romantic liaisons.

In his police complaint, Banerjee said he met the woman, a resident of Balurghat in north Bengal, in May 2016 and helped her get loan from SBI there for her studies abroad.

“Thereafter she continued to make repeated material demands. I was induced and allured to meet her material demands till I realised that her demands were boundless,” he said.

In February, the woman told him that she was suffering from lymphoma and demanded money for treatment, he said, adding that on July 20, he gave her Rs 2.25 lakh.

Banerjee said in the complaint that he tried to distance himself from her but she “got even more furious and vindictive” and made threat calls from unknown numbers and demanded Rs 50 lakh by October 15.

“She also threatened to lodge a false police complaint against me,” alleged Banerjee, adding that the woman wanted him to marry her and nobody else. He said he gave her another Rs 2.5 lakh on October 4.

There is speculation that Banerjee is planning to join BJP and is in touch with Mukul Roy, the former rail minister, who has announced his exit from Trinamool Congress and is also trying to switch to BJP.

First Published: Oct 09, 2017 21:18 IST