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Bengal police officer who worked under former IPS Bharati Ghosh arrested

IANS  |  Kolkata 

The CID on Saturday arrested a state police officer, known to be a close aid of former IPS and new BJP joinee Bharati Ghosh, for allegedly leaking confidential information, an said.

"was arrested on Saturday. He has been remanded in nine-day CID custody," a CID said.

Rath was previously arrested by the in February last year in relation with an extortion case in district's Daspur where served as the district police

Ghosh, once considered close to Minister Mamata Banerjee, took voluntary retirement last year on being shunted to a less important post after she reportedly fell out of favour with Banerjee.

Rath, the former in-charge of Daspur, was serving as the officer in-charge of station in the same district during the time of his previous arrest on February 19, 2018.

He was subsequently released on bail and was serving in the office of the of Police of Bengal's district.

His arrest comes within a week of joining BJP.

According to CID, the officer was involved in collecting call record details of a number of complainants and witnesses in the Daspur extortion case from the by using the office email of police

He has been arrested on the charges of criminal breach of trust by public servant (IPC 409), framing of incorrect document with intent to cause injury (IPC 167), criminal conspiracy (IPC 120B).

Ghosh has recently submitted the call record details of certain police officers related to the Daspur case probe in the to argue that she was being framed by the

The CID had previously arrested four police officers including Rath, who worked under former IPS Ghosh, in the extortion case while a caretaker of an apartment in south Kolkata was also held.

The CID raids started following a case of extortion and criminal conspiracy was lodged in district's Daspur on February 1 last year after a gold trader, Chandan Majhi, complained against some police officers in the district thought to be close to former SP Ghosh.

The sleuths had earlier seized more than Rs 2.4 crore in cash, several important government documents and an array of sealed liquor bottles while raiding a number of flats in an apartment in Kolkata's Madurdaha, suspected to be owned by Ghosh while large amount of unaccounted cash was also seized from the house of several police officers named in the FIR.

Ghosh's husband M.A.V. Raju, a chartered accountant, was also arrested in the cash-for-gold case last year.



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First Published: Sat, February 09 2019. 20:18 IST