BJP Expels Woman Leader For Allegedly Involved in Child trafficking Case

March 3rd, 2017 | by Pranab Kumar Chakravarty

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Bharatiya Janata Party has expelled women’s wing leader in North Bengal Juhi Chowdhury, who has been arrested from the Batasia close to the Indo-Nepal border in North Bengal for her alleged involvement in the Jalpaiguri child trafficking case. Taking strong note of the allegation, the party’s Bengal  Disciplinary committee has also removed her father Rabindranath Chowdhury  from the state committee.Meanwhile,Juhi has been remanded to 12-day judicial custody by the court.

Juhi is the fourth person arrested in the Jalpaiguri district case which has created a storm in Bengal with its political connotations.She was on the run for the last few days after her name was linked to the case involving trafficking of at least 17 children .She was brought to Matigara Police Station for interrogation. Meanwhile, The Calcutta High Court on Wednesday granted anticipatory bail to  Ghosh in connection with a case of an alleged inflammatory speech delivered by him.A Division Bench of Justice Nadira Patheriya and Justice SK Prasad granted anticipatory bail to Ghosh on the condition that he would not enter the Jhargram police district in West Midnapore for the next six months.The Bench also directed Ghosh to report to the investigating officer once a week until further orders.An FIR under section 505, IPC (inflammatory speech) was lodged against Ghosh on the basis of a complaint by one Suman Shaw alleging that the Bengal  BJP chief had made inflammatory remarks while addressing a party workers’ meet at Jhargram on December 10, 2016.Apprehending arrest, Ghosh had moved the High Court seeking anticipator bail.

With Juhi  Chowdhury’s arrest, a total of four persons have so far been arrested in connection with the case for their alleged involvement in selling of babies and children across India and also to foreign couples in the last few months from an NGO Bimala Sishu Griho.

Sonali Mondal, Chief Adoption Officer the NGO, Chandana Chakraborty, Chairperson of Bimala Sishu Griho and Manas Bhowmik, Chandana’s brother, were arrested by a seven-member CID team. Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh has said the party is  looking into the allegations against Chowdhury and would take action if she was found guilty, reports ZEE News.The CID blew off the lid of a child trafficking racket conducting raids in homes and nursing homes in Baduria of North 24 Parganas district, in Behala in the southern fringes of Kolkata and some other parts of south Bengal since November last year.Ghosh said the party was not calling her innocent or guilty at this stage, but the law of the land should prevail.

Ghosh on Tuesday alleged that she was being victimised as part of a larger political conspiracy.

“Juhi is our party worker. I know her. Now suddenly her name has been linked into the case. So we are taking our own time. That doesn’t mean that we are calling her innocent.”

 

“She has to be tried according to law. If she is guilty, the party will not take her side. She should be punished as per law of the land. Our legal cell will try to secure her bail because till now we don’t hold her guilty,” Ghosh said.

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