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Bengal CID summons Kailash Vijayvargiya and Roopa Ganguly in child trafficking case

Ever since Juhi Chowdhury, a Mahila Morcha secretary of the Bengal BJP, was arrested in February for her alleged connection with the child trafficking racket in Jalpaiguri, a number of senior BJP leaders are facing probe by the state Criminal Investigation Department.

kolkata Updated: Jul 20, 2017 23:31 IST
Hindustan Times
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BJP Rajya Sabha MP Roopa Ganguly (middle) and national secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya (right) have dared the Mamata Banerjee government to arrest state BJP party leaders several times. (HT Photo)

The state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) have summoned BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya and Rajya Sabha MP Roopa Ganguly to appear for questioning in connection with the child trafficking case in north Bengal that came to light in February this year.

“Notices have been sent, asking Ganguly to appear on July 27 and Vijayvargiya on July 29,” said a CID officer.Two other BJP leaders from north Bengal are being sent notices as well.

“This is nothing but politics of vendetta. It is outrageous that people such as Vijayvargiya and Ganguly, who had nothing to do with this case, are being summoned for questioning. The chief minister had earlier said that she would arrest BJP leaders in Bengal. Now we have proof that she is out to harass them,” BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha told HT.

Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has said on several occasions that if the Centre targets Trinamool leaders the state police will go ahead with investigations against BJP leaders. (HT Photo)

The notice from CID came close on the heels of the central investigating agencies, CBI and ED, summoning several Trinamool Congress MPs, Bengal ministers and MLAs in connection with the Narada scam, where a dozen ruling Trinamool Congress leaders were seen accepting cash from a gentleman ( CEO Samuel Mathew who conducted the sting) who wanted help for his company in return.

Read: Kailash Vijayvargiya dares Mamata Banerjee to arrest BJP Bengal chief

Earlier this year, the CID unearthed a racket that flourished in north Bengal districts and was active in illegally selling babies in the name of adoption.

Incidentally, one of the state BJP Mahila Morcha secretaries, Juhi Chowdhury was arrested in February in connection with this case and was sent to judicial custody. BJP removed Chowdhury from all party responsibilities.

CID officers claimed that the names of Roopa Ganguly and Kailash Vijayvargiya surfaced during interrogation of the key accused Chandana Chakraborty, who used to run a childcare home in Jalpaiguri.

Juhi Chowdhury, a Mahila Morcha secretary till March this year, was removed from all position by the Bengal BJP after her arrest in connection with the baby trafficking racket in north Bengal. (HT Photo)

Chakraborty, who was arrested in February, allegedly told CID officers that Juhi Chowdhury had got in touch with Ganguly, who was then the Mahila Morcha chief in the state, and Vijayvargiya, who supervises the BJP’s organisation in Bengal, to get the childcare home out of trouble.

In a separate development, former BJP MLA and the party’s state spokesperson Samik Bhattacharya was also summoned by CID in connection with an alleged corruption in an Indira Awas Yojna scheme.

Read: FIRs lodged against BJP leaders Roopa Ganguly, Dilip Ghosh over inflammatory remarks

Incidentally, chief minister Mamata Banerjee had earlier said that courtesy was important in politics but if the BJP-led Centre continued to harass Trinamool Congress leaders, BJP leaders could be hauled up in Bengal as well.

In another child trafficking racket unearthed in south Bengal last year, a BJP leader from the Salt Lake area, Dilip Ghosh, a doctor, was arrested by CID.

First Published: Jul 20, 2017 18:01 IST