Warrant on Bharati

Calcutta: A court in West Midnapore has issued an arrest warrant against former IPS officer Bharati Ghosh and her guard Sujit Mandal on a plea by the Bengal CID, sources in the state home department said.

Armed with the warrant, multiple teams of the CID went out of Bengal on Friday in search of the officer and the guard whose names had allegedly emerged during a probe into a gold racket.

Sources said Bharati's last location, as obtained through collation of human and electronic inputs, was in Delhi. "She was in Delhi when the probe was launched. Then, she went to Jamnagar in Gujrat. She's again in Delhi," said a source.

The development came on a day the CID arrested two police officers in the case. Inspector Subhankar De was the officer-in-charge and Chitta Pal the circle inspector of Ghatal police station when the alleged crime was committed in November 2016. The duo were arrested when they appeared at the CID headquarters in Bhabani Bhavan here for interrogation on Friday evening.

Sleuths said of the Rs 60 lakh cash seized from 12 locations across five districts as part of the probe, Rs 20 lakh was found at De's house and Rs 16 lakh at Pal's home.

"The two officers were arrested when they failed to explain the possession of the unaccounted money. They will be produced in a court on Saturday," said a senior officer of the CID.

They were booked under charges of extortion, misappropriation and criminal conspiracy.

Earlier, the CID had arrested two persons in the case, but this is the first time two police officers have been booked. The original complaint mentions the names of three more police officers as suspects.

The CID had earlier this week seized Rs 2.5 crore from a flat at a housing complex in Madurdaha where Bharati owns five flats.

According to the statement given by the owner of the flat from where the seizure was made, Ghosh's husband M.A.V Raju had illegal access to his flat and had used it for storing money.

Calcutta police have started a separate case against Raju. The CID summoned Raju on Friday also - the third notice of the kind, asking him to be present at Bhabani Bhavan on Saturday.

Raju had earlier sought a week's time to appear before the investigators, citing illness.


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