No Arrest, Much Relief For Bharati Ghosh’s Husband : HC

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Kolkata: Former IPS officer Bharati Ghosh’s husband MAV Raju gets relief on Thursday from Calcutta High Court till 15th March. He moved HC, seeking anticipatory bail fearing arrest.
Earlier, Ghosh and her husband filed a writ petition before the high court seeking CBI investigation into the state CID’s search and seizure operations at their properties.

Ghosh, who was the superintendent of police of West Midnapore district, had resigned from service in December last year after being transferred. She and her husband Raju prayed for a probe by the CBI to find out who ordered the CID to investigate her or her husband and on what grounds, their counsel Jayanta Narayan Chatterjee said.

The CID had on February 3 said Rs 60 lakh in cash, over 2 kg gold, several land deeds, laptops, pen drives, hard disks, mobile phones and bank passbooks were recovered during the day-long raid at 12 locations the day before. The CID did not, however, say whether it was investigating Ghosh or her husband.

The agency said it would verify whether a house at Naktala in south Kolkata, where it had conducted the search and seizure operations, belonged to Raju, the husband of the former IPS officer.

The CID is investigating a case of alleged extortion on the basis of a case filed by a businessman at Daspur police station in West Midnapore. CID spokesperson DIG Nishant Pervez said the district police authorities had referred the case to the CID, which then began investigation into it.

While four persons were named in the complaint, CID investigations were being held against seven persons which include six police personnel of lower ranks and a civilian.

Ghosh, who was the West Midnapore superintendent of police for more than six years, was transferred as commandant of the third battalion of the state armed police on December 26 last year. She resigned from service two days later.

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