Trouble brewing for former IPS officer Bharati Ghosh as West Bengal CID issues arrest warrant
Searches were conducted earlier in the day at the residence of police officer Rajsekhar Pyne, allegedly involved in the extortion case, same as Bharati Ghosh.india Updated: Feb 10, 2018 17:56 IST
Trouble intensified for former IPS Bharati Ghosh as the Criminal Investigation Department of the West Bengal police is visiting other states to arrest her in connection with an extortion case.
A local court in Ghatal in Midnapore district issued warrants against Ghosh and her former personal bodyguard, Sujit Mondal, on Friday. Sleuths believe that Ghosh and Mondal might be hiding in north India.
On Friday, the CID arrested inspector Subhankar De and sub inspector Chitta Pal. At the time of the alleged extortion, Pal was the officer-in-charge of Ghatal police station and De was circle inspector.
On Saturday, De and Pal were produced in court, which sent them to six days in police custody, though the CID prayed for 14.
During the day, searches were also conducted at the residence of police officer Rajsekhar Pyne, allegedly involved in the same case.
“CID teams have spread out beyond the state borders for taking legal action,” said a CID statement issued by deputy inspector general (operations), Nishat Parvez.
CID took up the investigation after an order by Ghatal court. Chadan Maji, resident of Daspur in West Midnapore district, filed a petition alleging extortion, intimidation and cheating in the court.
Besides the police officers, the investigative agency earlier arrested Bimal Ghorai. Pradip Rath, a former officer-in-charge of Daspur police station, has been ‘closed’ (taken off duty) by the police.
“In earlier searches, about Rs 40 lakh of cash and unaccounted wealth was seized from the residence of De and Rs 16 lakh cash was seized from the residence of Pal,” said Parvez.
Trouble started for Bharati Ghosh, 52, when she resigned on December 27 last year following her transfer to a less important position of the commanding officer of the third battalion of the state armed police.
As former superintendent of West Midnapore district, a post that she held for six years, Ghosh was close to the chief minister, who she described in a public meeting as the mother of former Maoist-dominated areas of Bengal.
On February 6, CID issued summons to quiz Ghosh’s husband M A V Raju, a chartered accountant. However, his lawyer said that ailing from multiple diseases, Raju was admitted in a hospital and could not appear for interrogation.
CID had issued a second summons for him to appear at the CID headquarters on February 10.
Over the past seven days, the sleuths have been conducting raids and searches in properties allegedly owned by Ghosh and her husband in Midnapore and Kolkata.
Cash, police files related to application for firearms and other subjects, and a number of liquor bottles were allegedly found at these addresses.
Rajmangal Singha, caretaker of an apartment in Kolkata where Ghosh has a few flats, was also arrested.
Earlier this week, a businessman from North 24 Parganas district moved court against Ghosh, alleging she and a colleague took away Rs 45 lakh from him in the name of investigation in September 2016 after a vehicle that belonged to him met with an accident in West Midnapore district.