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Roopa Ganguly quizzed by CID in child trafficking case

Published : Jul 30, 2017, 3:33 am IST
Updated : Jul 30, 2017, 6:41 am IST

Ms Ganguly said that false cases were being slapped against BJP workers in the West Bengal.

Actor-turned-BJP-leader Rupa Ganguly talks with the media at her residence after the visit of state CID team on Saturday. (Photo: Abhijit Mukherjee)
 Actor-turned-BJP-leader Rupa Ganguly talks with the media at her residence after the visit of state CID team on Saturday. (Photo: Abhijit Mukherjee)

Kolkata: The West Bengal CID on Saturday questioned BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP Roopa Ganguly here in connection with a child trafficking case in Jalpaiguri, a senior official said. A team of the agency’s officers went to Ms Ganguly’s south Kolkata residence to question her over her alleged meeting with former BJP’s women wing general secretary Juhi Chowdhury, an accused in the case who was under arrest, a senior CID official said.

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) had unearthed a child trafficking racket earlier this year, under which babies and children were allegedly sold, some to foreigners, through illegal adoption deals. Ms Ganguly later told reporters, “They wanted to ask some questions to solve the case and understand the situation. I told them what I knew. There is no charge against me. It is a political vendetta. I am saying this from day one. They are wasting my time.”

Alleging that false cases were slapped against BJP workers in the state, the Rajya Sabha MP said she believed that Ms Chowdhury was “not guilty”. The state CID had also summoned BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya and two other leaders for questioning in the same case. The probe agency had arrested several people, including the head of a child protection agency in Darjeeling and a member of a child welfare committee, on charges of child trafficking.

Those arrests were part of a widening probe into the adoption racket at the Bimala Shishu Griho, a children’s home in Jalpaiguri town. Ms Chowdhury and the chief adoption officer of the children’s home, Sonali Mondal, the home’s chairperson Chandana Chakraborty and her brother Manas Bhowmik were arrested earlier.

They have been charged with selling nearly 17 children, aged between one and 14 years, to foreigners while falsely claiming that the children were handed over for legal adoption to needy couples after due screening and official procedures.

The CID had unearthed the child trafficking racket during raids at homes and nursing homes in the Baduria area of North 24 Parganas district, in Behala in the southern fringes of Kolkata and some other parts of south Bengal in November last year.   

Tags: roopa ganguly, west bengal cid, criminal investigation department
Location: India, West Bengal, Calcutta [Kolkata]