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Midnapore: Bharati Ghosh, a former Bengal cadre IPS officer wanted by the CID for alleged extortion while in service, today visited the state after over a year of being on the run.

Ghosh had joined the BJP at its national headquarters in Delhi on 4 February. She came to the state today to attend an event wherein Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with BJP cadres through video conference in 15,000 locations across India.

In the case of Bengal, Jhargram was the only location wherein Modi’s video conference was streamed. Ghosh, along with BJP West Bengal observer Kailash Vijayvargiya, was present at the Jhargram event.

Despite her being present at Jhargram, CID could not arrest Ghosh. This is because she has managed to get a stay by the Supreme Court on her arrest by citing vindictiveness by the Bengal government.

Ghosh, who had served as the superintendent of undivided West Midnapore (Jhargram was part of it earlier), used to be accused of being biased towards the Trinamool during her service.

She had, in fact, famously referred to Trinamool supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as the “mother” of Junglemahal during a public administrative meeting.

The liaison turned into hostility after Ghosh was suddenly transferred from the post of West Midnapore SP and she at once took voluntary retirement as an IPS officer.

The CID then started an investigation for extortion against her on the basis of a complaint by a trader. CID teams seized “unaccounted for” cash and jewelry from her houses and even arrested her husband.

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