Bengal CID quiz BJP RS MP Roopa Ganguly in child trafficking case

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 29, 2017

A West Bengal Criminal Investigation Department (CID) team questioned Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Rajya Sabha MP Roopa Ganguly on Saturday in relation to the child trafficking case in north Bengal, which was unearthed by the CID past year.

According to reports, A CID inspector and two women officials reached the BJP leader's Golfgreen residence in south Kolkata. The interrogation of Ganguly is underway.

"We will question her about her links to Juhi Chowdhury and also we need answers of a few more questions", the officer said.

In response to CID's interrogation, Roopa Ganguly denied all charges of trafficking labelled against her. Ganguly was state president of Mahila Morcha at that time. Fellow actor-turned-politician Locket Chatterjee took over the post.

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.

Those arrests were part of a widening probe into the adoption racket at the Bimala Shishu Griho, a children's home in Jalpaiguri town.

Apart from Ms. Ganguly, the CID has also summoned BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, the BJP's former women's wing general secretary, the chief adoption officer of a children's home in north Bengal, its chairperson Chandana Chakraborty, and her brother Manas Bhaumik, in relation to the child trafficking case.

They have been charged with selling about 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.

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