On Monday, former IPS officer Bharati Ghosh joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). For more than six years, Ghosh was the West Midnapore superintendent of police, after that, on December 26 last year, she was transferred as commandant of the third battalion of the state armed police. But she resigned from service two days later.
Once considered close to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, on 15 August 2014, Ghosh was also awarded a service medal. She was transferred by the Election Commission before the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, however, reinstated as the West Midnapore SP as soon as the elections got over. The same scenario took place before the 2016 Assembly elections as she was transferred by the state itself and again rehabilitated as the West Midnapore SP after the elections.
Following her resignation, in connection with an extortion case registered at Daspur police station in West Midnapore district, an arrest warrant was also issued against Ghosh. After which, the CID had conducted raids at various properties of Ghosh, including a house in Kolkata that belongs to her husband Raju.
Last year in August, the Calcutta High Court rejected MAV Raju’s anticipatory prayer, whereon the West Bengal CID arrested MAV Raju and Ghosh. In February, Raju moved the court with his prayer and had been given interim respite by another division. The court had then directed him to cooperate with the investigators and had restrained CID from arresting him till disposal of his anticipatory bail plea.