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Woman who accused Ritabrata Banerjee of sexual exploitation, lodges complaint

Namrata Datta alleged that the Rajya Sabha MP established physical relationship with her by promising marriage. “He broke the promise and this amounts to rape,” she said.

india Updated: Oct 11, 2017 20:58 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
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 woman who posted tweets last week accusing Rajya Sabha MP Ritrabrata Banerjee of ‘sexually exploiting’ her has filed a police complaint at Balurghat police station in Bengal’s South Dinajpur district.

She alleged in her complaint that Banerjee established physical relationship with her by promising marriage. “He broke the promise and this amounts to rape,” she told the media on Tuesday.

Till evening, it was not clear whether the police was drawing up an FIR based on the complaint.

Banerjee, who was expelled by the CPI(M) recently for leading a “non-communist” lifestyle, had lodged a police complaint against Datta on October 6, accusing her of extorting money from him. On Tuesday, the woman admitted that Banerjee gave her Rs 2.5 lakh.

“We had a physical relationship. Having realised that he is not going to marry me, I’ve lodged a complaint with the police, accusing him of rape,” said the woman, a software engineer from Balurghat.

“I accepted money from him. This is how he intends to compensate for using me as a sex worker,” she said.

She also claimed that she gifted Banerjee the Apple watch that landed him in trouble, with CPI(M) leaders raising voices against his ostentatious lifestyle. “I also sponsored his trip when he came to visit me in Netherlands,” she claimed.

She had earlier tweeted photos of Banerjee and herself in intimate positions 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 she left for the Netherlands.

Ritabrata, however, refuted the allegations, 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, too, tagged the Prime Minister’s office, the Bengal chief minister and several media houses.

First Published: Oct 10, 2017 18:26 IST