Kolkata: The CID, accompanied by local police, on Sunday raided the premises of a police officer, who is considered close to former West Midnapore SP Bharati Ghosh, as part of its probe into an extortion case.
The CID officials of West Bengal police on Thursday raided the houses of former IPS officer Bharati Ghosh and kept Belda police station officer Pradip Rath under closed following their alleged involvement in misconduct and extortion from the civilians.
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.
It is learnt that Bharati Ghosh along with these four other officers had reportedly raided the gold businessman’s shop but later the money and gold were deposited in the custody of the government.
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.
The CID rejoinder came a day after Ghosh accused the police of locking her husband in a room while she was out of town. “They (CID) had no papers to conduct the raid and didn’t specify any reasons for it. They didn’t let my husband to talk to his lawyer, his phone connection was snapped and cellphone taken away. The house was ransacked,” Ghosh said.
Apart from the Naktala house, the CID also went over to the sixth floor of an apartment on NSC Bose Rd, where Ghosh’s son stays, on Friday night. Other teams are checking some land assets in Birbhum, a Bolpur guest house and aMidnapore flat to identify the owner. Sources said Ghosh’s personal security, constable Sujit Mandal, wrote to West Midnapore SP Alok Rajoria to relieve him from service.