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Ex-IPS officer moves SC for protection from WB cops after joining BJP

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Former IPS Bharati Ghosh, who joined BJP last week, has moved the seeking protection from any coercive action by the police in new corruption cases registered against her.

Ghosh, once considered close to Mamata Banerjee, claimed police has registered seven FIRs against her including one lodged last week.

The apex court had on October 1, last year granted her protection from arrest in a case of alleged extortion and illegal exchange of banned notes for gold.

A bench of Justices A Sikri and S said that it will hear her application on February 19.

At the outset, Ranjit Kumar, appearing for Ghosh said that seven FIRs have been lodged against her in an incident which dates back to 2016 in which allegedly gold was taken for currency.

He said police has been acting against her at different places and they should be restrained from taking any coercive action.

Kumar said that protection from arrest should be granted to her like it was given last year.

Kapil Sibal, appearing for government opposed the plea and said she wants stay of arrest on a writ petition, which cannot be done.

He said Ghosh and her were involved in the gold extortion case and other cases and they both acted together.

Sibal said she was already granted protection from arrest in October, last year.

The bench said it will hear her plea on February 19 in detail on a non-miscellaneous day.

On February 4, Ghosh has joined BJP in the presence of and alleging that "thugocracy" has replaced democracy in the

Ghosh, who was the superintendent of police for more than six years, was transferred as commandant of the third battalion of the on December 26, 2017. She resigned from service two days later.

She was once considered close to and was also awarded a service medal on August 15, 2014.

Ghosh was transferred twice, once by the before the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and the second time by the state itself before the 2016 Assembly elections.

She was, however, reinstated as SP as soon as the elections got over on both occasions.

An arrest warrant was issued against Ghosh in February, 2018 in connection with an extortion case registered at station in district, following her resignation.

The CID, probing cases relating to alleged extortion and misconduct against Ghosh, had also conducted raids at various properties, including a house in Kolkata that belongs to her husband M A V Raju.

A few police officers of and sub-ranks have been arrested by the CID in connection with the probe.

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First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 18:30 IST