A key accused in the child-trafficking case in West Bengal has alleged that Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) party national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya and state women's wing president Roopa Ganguly were involved in the racket.
According to a report in Deccan Chronicle, the accused Chandana Chakraborty, who ran a child care home in north Bengal, alleged that West Bengal Mahila Morcha general secretary Juhi Chowdhury approached Ganguly and Vijayvargiya to “resolve some issues” about her shelter home.
Chakraborty said she approached Chowdhury for help and was assured that her problems would be resolved, The Hindu reported.
According to a report in the New Indian Express, West Bengal Crime Investigation Department (CID) has claimed that it has audio evidence of conversation between Chowdhury and Kailash Vijayvargiya's secretary and based on Chandana's allegations, may summon Vijayvargiya and Ganguly, besides Vijayvargiya's secretary for interrogation
Chowdhury was arrested on Tuesday night from Batasia area close to the India-Nepal border in Darjeeling. She was produced in the Chief Judicial Magistrate's court in Siliguri, on Wednesday and remanded in CID custody for 12 days, a senior CID official said.
She is the fourth person arrested in the Jalpaiguri district case which has created a storm in Bengal with its political connotations.
Chowdhury, who was on the run for the last few days after her name was linked to the case involving trafficking of at least 17 children, was brought to Matigara police station here for interrogation.
CID sources said the agency has recovered a diary with detailed entries about her connection with the traffickers from fellow accused Manas Bhowmik who was arrested earlier this month.
According to the diary, Chowdhury accompanied prime accused Chandana Chakraborty to Delhi on 2 February and held a meeting with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kailash Vijayvargiya.
They were supposed to meet a Union Minister to discuss about the adoption centres in Jalpaiguri, sources said.
Following the court order, the BJP state committee removed the Jalpaiguri district women wing (Mohila morcha) leader from the party, stating her activity has harmed the image of BJP.
"Chakraborty went to Delhi with a child trafficking accused woman without the party's consent. She is removed from BJP as her activity is harmful for the party's image," said BJP state president Dilip Ghosh.
Chowdhury's arrest came on a day when Chakraborty, arrested in connection with the scandal earlier, blamed her for wrongdoing.
Chakraborty, chairperson of Jalpaiguri-based child adoption centre Bimala Sishu Griho, was arrested with Chief Adoption Officer Sonali Mondal for selling at least 17 children through shady adoption deals.
Chakraborty on Tuesday admitted going to Delhi with Chowdhury to seek "help" for her organisation and claimed that the BJP leader did all the negotiations with the senior leadership while she was in a different room.
"Juhi assured me she would sort out all the issues," Chakraborty said.
"I haven't talked to anyone, Juhi did. She might have talked to (BJP leaders) Roopa Ganguly and Kailash Vijayvargiya. I was sitting in a separate room. We are innocent. We will definitely help in the investigation," she said.
On Wednesday morning, Ghosh said that his party's legal cell will try to get Chowdhury out on bail.
Ghosh said the party was not calling her innocent or guilty at this stage, but the law of the land should prevail.
"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 the 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.
Queried about Chakraborty naming her, Ganguly shot back: "Why should I respond to what an accused has said?"
With inputs from IANS
Updated Date: Mar 01, 2017 18:46 PM