Ritabrata Files Counter-Complaint Against The Allegations

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Kolkata: The expelled CPM Rajya Sabha member Ritabrata Banerjee has lodged a complaint with the Garfa police against a Bengaluru-based software developer Namrata Datta.

The techie from Balurghat accused the MP of “having sex with her by giving a false impression that the separation suit with his wife was under way.” Banerjee in his complaint rubbished the charge and said the police complaint made by Datta was lodged under the direction of an influential leader from Bengal with the intent to damage his political career.

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This is the first police complaint filed by a woman days after the CPM’s Bengal unit showed him the door based on the recommendations of a three-member party commission that had received similar complaints from other women.

Datta’s complaint comes days within Banerjee has been in touch with senior politicians in Delhi from BJP , Trinamool and Congress including Mukul Roy and planned to call on Rajya Sabha president Venkaiah Naidu with a request to treat him as an “unattached” MP .

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CPM is yet to communicate his expulsion decision to the Rajya Sabha president. Datta has told police that she came in touch with this tech-savvy MP on twitter in 2016 and paid a visit to his New Delhi residence at his insistence.

“We got intimate several times. I had no clue about his girlfriends. The only thing he told me that his divorce suit was under way,” she said, adding that Banerjee visited the Netherlands when she was there on a Unesco project in October, 2016. She claimed that she had funded the MP’s trip and also presented him the iPhone that created a controversy in the social media.

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Banerjee, however, alleged that Datta had approached him for a Rs 2.5 lakh bank loan on July 20. On October 15, she demanded Rs 50 lakh, threatening legal action. Denying this charge, Datta claimed: “I met Ritabrata after I joined an MNC as a software developer. There was no question of taking money from him. Instead, I used to give him valuable gifts,” she said. “He kept promising of marrying me. In September, I returned to India and insisted him to marry me. He started avoiding me. Then a woman called and threatened me, introducing herself as his wife,” claimed Datta. She could talk to Banerjee once after this episode. “I warned of legal action if he didn’t marry me. This made him transfer an amount of Rs 2.5 lakh to my bank account recently .He also wanted to bribe me by promising to give me Rs 50 lakhs,” she said.

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