Kolkata: The CID, accompanied by local police, on Thursday raided the premises of former West Midnapore SP Bharati Ghosh, as part of its probe into an extortion case.
A total of 12 premises, including three in Kolkata, were searched. Sources said the raids began Thursday night and were ongoing when this report was filed. Officers have recovered Rs 60 lakh, 2-kg gold and several deeds to land and properties
Ex IPS officer Bharati Ghosh, who was serving as SP West Midnapore, resigned from the service, within 48 hours of her transfer to a less significant post allegedly after she fell out of favour with the ruling Trinamool Congress.Though She didn’t put any words duringthe raids, but she slammed the wb govt after the raid.
Meanwhile, unconfirmed screenshots of a message purportedly written by Ghosh, saying her house was raided and her husband was locked in a room, soon began doing the rounds on social media.
The message further states that Ghosh, who is currently not in Kolkata, would take legal action after returning. The sender of the message could not be verified, however, and attempts to reach Ghosh went unanswered. Hitting out the Govt, Ghosh affirmed to take a legal action.
Ghosh, 55, was one of the most controversial police officers of West Bengal, who often drew flak from political opponents of the TMC for being too close to the ruling dispensation. Chief minister Mamata Banerjee used to refer to her mostly by her pet name.
The IPS officer triggered intense controversy when she termed Banerjee as the mother of Jangalmahal at a public meeting in Midnapore town in 2015. The Maoist-affected forest-covered areas of three districts of West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia are called Jangalmahal.
She was shunted to the post of a battalion commander of state armed police on December 25 after which she sent her resignation to director general of police Surajit Kar Purakayastha, police sources said. She had taken over as West Midnapore superintendent of police in 2012.