Bharati Likely To Appeal Advance Bail In HC

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Kolkata: Once Mamata Banerjee’s “cop daughter”, former SP Bharati Ghosh and her husband likely to knock the door of Calcutta High Court in the Extortion case for an advance bail.

Bharati Ghosh’s husband, on Monday, went to Calcutta High Court, seeking a CBI enquiry into the matter. Meanwhile, CID arrested the caretaker of Ms Ghosh’s bungalow, in Midnapore, on Monday for alleged links with the extortion ‘scam’.

A court complaint was filed on Wednesday against former Bengal IPS officer Bharati Ghosh and three other cops, including her guard, over alleged misappropriation of Rs 45 lakh seized from a car after a crash in 2016.

The complaint in a West Midnapore court assumes significance as it came a day after the state CID seized Rs 2.5 crore in cash from one of Ghosh’s flats off Calcutta’s EM Bypass in connection with the probe into a gold extortion racket linked to some police officers in the district.

A court has ordered the investigation following a goldsmith’s complaint. Among the many cops whose names have emerged in the probe is the guard, Sujit Mandal. Ghosh’s flat was among the houses of several police officers raided as part of the inquiry.

However, unlike the gold-related matter where Ghosh is not named, Wednesday’s complaint before the chief judicial magistrate mentions Ghosh as a co-accused.

According to Eunus Ali Mondal, the complainant from Swarupnagar in North 24-Parganas, his Maruti Suzuki Ertiga had met with an accident on September 24, 2016, at Sadatpur in West Midnapore’s Kharagpur.

The West Bengal Crime Investigation Department (CID) issued a notice on Monday, to Ms Ghosh for her alleged connection with a gold extortion case. The notice comes two days after the CID conducted state wide raids at several locations, including the house of the former police superintendent of West Midnapore and her husband’s home in Kolkata.