Over Rs 1L seized from Bharati Ghosh's car at West Midnapore
Kolkata: More than one lakh rupees was seized from former IPS officer Bharati Ghosh's car late on Thursday night at Pingla in West Midnapore, where election is scheduled to be held on Sunday.
According to sources, on Thursday night at around 10:45 pm, Ghosh was returning from election campaign in a car bearing registration number WB 02 AG 6684. It was intercepted in a naka-checking point at Mundumari in Pingla.
It has been alleged that despite repeated instructions by police officials, Ghosh refused to stop and let her car be checked.
Immediately, senior police and Election Commission officials were informed and after a few kilometres near Mondalbari, Ghosh's car was intercepted again. This time the car was thoroughly checked and sleuths found Rs 1,13,000 from the vehicle.
According to the rules and regulations of an election, a candidate can carry a maximum Rs 50,000, along with proper documents. As Ghosh was carrying more than the stipulated amount, she violated the norms. Police seized the money and asked Ghosh to sign on the seizure list, which she denied.
She claimed that she had around Rs 49,000 and the rest of the amount belonged to other passengers of the car. Ghosh alleged that police personnel had asked them to put the money in one bag, which was later seized and shown as her money.
According to sources, at the time of search and seizure, Ghosh got involved in an altercation with the police personnel. She demanded that all others inside the car must be allowed to sign on the seizure list as well, as their money had also been seized.
Ghosh was later detained and taken to the police station for questioning. Almost after three hours at around 2 am, she was released. On Friday, police lodged a complaint and initiated an FIR against her.
The information of Thursday night's incident was also conveyed to the Election Commission in the state. On Friday afternoon, information was forwarded to the Election Commission of India for necessary action.