Dhankhar slams police after accountant held in graft case

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By: Express News Service | Kolkata |

November 23, 2020 5:27:21 am

Jagddep Dhankar. (File)

West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Sunday accused the Kolkata Police of conducting a “politically inspired operation” to arrest a chartered accountant to impede a staff of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Income Tax Department investigating the coal mafia and cow smugglers.

His feedback got here a day after a Kolkata Police staff arrested an individual recognized as Gopal Aggarwal. Aggarwal was arrested in a corruption case in which a tax division official has additionally been named.

The police, nonetheless, mentioned Aggarwal was not a chartered accountant. “He was named in the FIR along with an IRS, NK Singh. The case was filed in Hare Street PS related to Prevention of Corruption Act,” mentioned an official.

Aggarwal was arrested from the Lake Thana space of South Kolkata on Saturday evening, and lots of paperwork have been seized. According to sources in the police, he’s accused of duping folks by scaring them about motion by the Income Tax Department, and turning black cash into white. A case in opposition to him was filed in 2018 on the Hare Street police station right here.

In February 2017, the anti-fraud division of Kolkata Police had seized a slew of paperwork from Agarwal’s places of work throughout a search operation. The police alleged that Agarwal was getting used as a “frontman” to park and make investments seemingly unlawful earnings.

In a collection of tweets on Sunday, Dhankhar questioned the police motion and known as it a “politically inspired operation”. He mentioned, “Alarmingly worrisome inputs from CA fraternity-politically inspired operation overzealously afoot @KolkataPolice headed #DD targets CAs-strategy-fishing for material to handicap team members that raided mafia #coal #cattle. Why forget ‘Be ye never so high, the law is above you’?”

Dhankhar alleged that Kolkata Police was harassing the accountant “under political pressure” to hamper the CBI and tax division groups investigating the coal mafia and cattle smugglers.

“Beneficiaries in ‘uniform’ and power in preemptive mode to compromise team members #coal #cattle mafia raids to neutralize or impede actions against them. Those spearheading this extra-legal antidotal operation are oblivious that these misadventures are often counterproductive. To vindicate my oath to ‘preserve, protect and defend’ the Constitution and the law….and devote to the service and well-being of the people of the State, would take all steps so that public servants are politically neutral and governance @MamataOfficial is as per the Constitution,” he tweeted.


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