Setback for TMC: Ex-IPS Bharati Ghosh, who recently joined BJP, cannot be arrested

Bharati Ghosh had moved the Supreme Court seeking protection from arrest, saying the West Bengal government has registered 10 FIRs against her

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court Tuesday granted protection from arrest in all cases registered against former IPS officer Bharati Ghosh, who had recently joined the BJP.

A bench headed by Justice AK Sikri said no coercive action should be taken against her and posted the matter for further hearing after three weeks.

Ghosh had moved the apex court seeking protection from arrest, saying the West Bengal government has registered 10 FIRs against her.

She had said that apex court had already granted protection from arrest in seven cases but the state has registered three more FIRs against her.

The West Bengal government opposed the plea of Ghosh and said there is clear evidence against her and submitted a transcript of a conversation between Ghosh and her personal security officer.

Background of Bharati Ghosh

The West Bengal government had posted Ghosh as West Midnapore superintendent of police with an additional charge of Jhargram after Mamata Banerjee became the chief minister following the TMC’s win in the State election in 2011. Ghosh was rewarded initially for successfully curbing Maoism in the area. She received a service medal on 15 August 2014.

For some years, even the Election Commission was under the impression that Ghosh was close to Chief Minister Banerjee. Hence, in 2014, the EC transferred Ghosh out of the area during the Lok Sabha election. She was transferred again before the 2016 State Assembly election. The local units of BJP and Congress had complained against her. She was reinstated after the elections.

Actually, Ghosh had drawn close to Banerjee through the channel called Mukul Roy. When Roy left the TMC to join the BJP, the Banerjee dispensation turned hostile to Ghosh.

“When I followed their (TMC’s) instructions, I was hailed as an honest officer. The moment I started putting my foot down on things I thought were inappropriate, they initiated criminal cases against me. I am determined to give them (TMC) a befitting reply,” Ghosh had said days before joining the BJP.

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