West Midnapore: The CID submitted a charge sheet on Friday at Ghatal,in West Midnapore ACJM court, against former IPS officer Bharati Ghosh who was an ex-SP of West Midnapore and nine other people in connection with corruption case.
As per sources six people out of nine are police officers.The charge sheet also has Bharati’s husband M.A.V.Raju. However, on the directive of the High Court he is released on bail, so CID can not arrest him right now. But the Bharati and her former bodyguard Sujit Mondal are on run.
As per CID sources, in November 2016 during demonetisation, many police officers of West Midnapore district including former IPS Bharati Ghosh, had allegedly forced some businessmen of to buy gold in exchange for black money.Investigators estimates that maximum amount of the money came from extortion and bribe. Senior police officers in West Midnapore said the CID team recovered a huge quantity of cash and gold from the home of Rath, the officer in-charge of Belda police station. Rath allegedly could not give a satisfactory reply when asked to declare the source of the valuables and money. District police officers said Rath won’t be assigned any duty and a case is registered against him.
After the by-election of Sabang Bharati Ghosh was transferred to 3rd Battalion, Barackpore, the notification issued from the secretariat.Later,her resignation shocked everyone as she was a close aide of Chief Minister Manmata Banerjee. Bharati Ghosh resigned from her post on 28TH December following her transfer from the rank of Police Superitendent in West Midnapore district, as the commanding officer of the third battalion of the State Armed Police in Barrackpore. She sent her resignation letter to Nabanna secretariat.
Based on police complaints of a Ghatal-based gold businessman following alleged misconduct related to extortion against the former West Midnapore Police Superintendent Bharati Ghosh along with four other Officer-in-charges (OCs) had come under CID scanner. Officer-in-Charge of Belda Police Station Pradip Rath is one of them who has been detained and interrogated by CID.
Houses of three other police officers in Bankura, Purulia and Kolkata have been raided by CID. Bharati Ghosh’s residence in Netajinagar in Kolkata has also been raided.
The state CID refuted the allegations made by former West Midnapore SP Bharati Ghosh in a bid to weaken the harassment plea she is set to make in the high court against the CID raid at her husband’s Naktala residence. The state investigating agency doesn’t want the cash-for-gold fraud case to get stuck in legal tangles. Raids continued even on Saturday to trace the trails of the illgotten gains.