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CID raids 3 flats of Bharati Ghosh, recovers Rs 2.4 cr

Kolkata: The state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) raided three flats of former IPS officer Bharati Ghosh on Tuesday and recovered Rs 2.4 crore in new currency notes, taking the total recovered money to Rs 3 crore. The raid of the state CID comes a day after Ghosh's husband MAV Raju filed a writ petition at the High Court.
The CID, however, did not take the name of Ghosh officially, but claimed that they had the search warrant from the court.
"We have fulfilled all the legal provisions and had the search warrant from the court. As the owner of the flats was not available, we had to break open the door and enter the flats. We also had to open the lockers and the almirahs to recover the money. But we maintained all the legal formalities. We had all our officers searched before entering the flat and searched again after completing the raid. The entire process of the searching was videographed," DIG, CID (operation), Nishat Parvez said.
He was, however, reluctant to admit that the flats belonged to Ghosh or her husband but he said that the raid was conducted on the basis of a statement of Raj Mangal Singh - the caretaker of Bharati Ghosh's Madurdaha flat. "On the basis of the statement of Singh, we raided the flat and recovered Rs 2.4 crore. The searching is still on and there might be more recovery," he added.
Sources in the CID r said that the raids were conducted in three flats in Kolkata - one at Madurdaha, one at Sarat Chatterjee Avenue and one at Naktala.
It has been learnt that the state CID has sent three separate teams to three different states for the sake of investigation.
"How can they conduct searches without the permission of the owner of the house? The police also did all sorts of nonsense inside the flat as there was none to record their activities," Ghosh's lawyer Jayanta Narayan Chatterjee said.

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