Ra­jya Sabha MP ac­cused of sex­u­ally ex­ploit­ing wo­man

DNA (Delhi) - - INDI - Ar­shad Ali ar­shad.ali@dnain­dia.net

For­mer CPI(M) leader and mem­ber of Ra­jya Sabha, Ritabrata Banerjee, has been sum­moned by the West Ben­gal CID in con­nec­tion with a sex­ual ex­ploita­tion com­plaint.

A soft­ware en­gi­neer from Balurghat in South Di­na­j­pore district has al­leged that Banerjee had got into a phys­i­cal re­la­tion­ship with her un­der the false pre­text of mar­riage but later backed out.

A team of CID of­fi­cials went to Banerjee’s Garia res­i­dence on Thurs­day. Since he was not there, they pasted a copy of the no­tice on the door.

A se­nior CID of­fi­cial said they had taken over in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the com­plaint of sex­ual ex­ploita­tion and would like to in­ter­ro­gate him. The of­fi­cial said Banerjee had been asked to ap­pear at the CID of­fice on Fri­day.

“We will have to ques­tion both the ac­cused and the com­plainant and go through all dig­i­tal doc­u­ments, in­clud­ing emails, What­sApp mes­sages and text mes­sages, ex­changed between the two,” the of­fi­cial added.

Mean­while, the wo­man has been sum­moned by Delhi Po­lice. “Since it was a com­plaint against a Ra­jya Sabha mem­ber, I had writ­ten to the par­lia­men­tary chair­man of the Up­per house of Par­lia­ment along with all the ev­i­dence. I will def­i­nitely go to Delhi for the sake of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” the wo­man said while talk­ing to me­di­a­per­sons.

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