Court issues arrest warrant against Bharati Ghosh
Kolkata: The Ghatal Court in West Midnapore on Saturday issued an arrest warrant against former Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Bharati Ghosh in connection with a court complaint by a businessman alleging extorting of a large amount of gold and cash by some police officials. The court has also issued an arrest warrant against her bodyguard Sujit Mondal. Both Ghosh and Mondal have been on the run and the West Bengal Criminal Investigation Department (CID) had send teams outside the state in search of the two.
It is learnt that the as many as four teams of the state investigating agency had been camping in states like Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and also in two southern states in search of Ghosh. The former Indian Police Service officer had earlier skipped summons from the Criminal Investigation Department for deposing before it for questioning in connection with the investigation of the case.
Criminal Investigation Department sleuths have for the past one week conducted searches at a number of properties of the retired Indian Police Service officer, including some of her apartments in the city and had seized unaccounted cash worth crores.
The seizures included a large number of land deeds and government documents and 57 sealed bottles of alcoholic drinks of leading brands, totalling 39 litres.
The state Criminal Investigation Department on Friday had arrested Circle Inspector (CI) Subhankar De and Inspector-in-Charge Chitta Pal of Ghatal police station and had seized around Rs 56 lakhs cash, which was considered to be "unaccounted wealth" from the residence of the duo.
They were produced at the Ghatal court on Saturday and were remanded to six days Criminal Investigation Department custody .Both of them were learnt to be close to Ghosh. The CID on Saturday conducted searches at the Barrackpore residence of SI Rajsekhar Pyne in connection with the case. Pyne was posted as SI of Kharagpur police station when Ghosh was the superintendent of West Midnapore.
It may be mentioned that the complainant, Chandan Majhi, of Daspur, West Midnapore, in his complaint of extortion had not mentioned the name of Ghosh. However, her name cropped up during the course of the CID probe that was taken up as per directions of the court.
Ghosh, who was superintendent of police in West Midnapore district, resigned on December 28 last year after she was transferred to Barrackpore, North 24 Parganas, as commandant of the third battalion of the state armed police.
Her bodyguard Mondal, too, had quit soon after her resignation.