HC Grants Bail To Bharati’s Husband

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Kolkata: Calcutta High Court has granted anticipatory bail to former IPS officer Bharati Ghosh’s husband MAV Raju but has imposed certain restrictions on him.

Raju had moved High Court for anticipatory bail after earlier this month after a CID team raided his house at Naktala in south Kolkata and confiscated cash and land deeds.

The raid was conducted in connection with an FIR lodged by a jeweler at Daspur police station in West Midnapore district accusing Bharati Ghosh of extorting gold jewellery from him in 2016. Ghosh was then the SP of West Midnapore district.

During the hearing today in the division bench led by justice Jaymalya Bagchi, his lawyer pleaded that the Daspur FIR does not name Raju as an accused. Yet CID conducted a raid at his house on 2 February without a search warrant. The cash and land deeds seized from the house are accounted for, he claimed.

Hearing this, justice Bagchi reprimanded CID for conducting a raid at Raju’s house without a specific complaint and also with a search warrant. He termed the step as “unfortunate” and then granted Raju anticipatory bail till 15 March.

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