Two persons – a real estate agent and owner of the plot Jonaki Basu, granddaughter of scientist Satyendra Basu – were remanded in police custody for seven days. They were arrested on Friday for forging the signature of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and chief secretary Basudeb Banerjee.
“Jonaki Basu is granddaughter of legendary scientist Satyendra Nath Basu. This lady also has sound academic background. We have arrested her along with accused promoter Rajib Ghosh,” said an investigating officer. The accused promoter brought a letter to the Mayor of Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation (BMC) Sabyasachi Dutta, demanding the approval of a five-storey building plan. The promoter demanded that the letter was signed by Chief Minister and chief secretary.
Growing suspicious, the mayor called up the police who took the promoter to Bidhannagar (South) Police station and started to grill him. The promoter, owner of Samriddhi Construction of Baguiati, divulged the name of Jonaki Basu to the police.
However, the date that was given there under the signature of Chief Minister and chief secretary’s signature, was false. It was the day of Eid, as the all the government offices were closed. Jonaki Basu, resident of Baguiati’s Jhilpara had allegedly given a piece of land to develop a highrise building. “He made a building plan with full of illegal irregularities. We have stopped passing the plan. The promoter has reached to the Mayor with the plan and a letter mentioning a request to BMC on behalf of Chief Minister and chief secretary to pass the plan. They mayor then had called up the police,” an officer of BMC said.
However, the promoter has alleged to the police that, the owner of the plot, Jonaki Basu has given him the letter signed by the Chief Minister and chief secretary saying she was granddaughter of the great scientist.