Police initiate case against Rajya Sabha MP Ritabrata Banerjee

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Darjeeling, October 10: Police have initiated a case against MP Ritabrata Banerjee based on a complaint against him at the Balurghat Police Station in South Dinajpur district of West Bengal by a woman pressing charges of sexual exploitation.

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Ritabrata Banerjee, the Member of Parliament (MP) who on September 17 was expelled from the primary membership of the CPIM party for grave anti-party activities, including "moral degeneration in relation to woman" is knee deep in controversy with the woman alleging that the MP had sexually exploited her.

Accompanied by her mother, Namrata Datta, the software engineer from Balurghat, South Dinajpur, lodged a complaint at the Balurghat police station on Tuesday.

The complaint states that she has met the MP on a social network site in May 2016. A relationship developed and Ritabrata Banerjee said that he wanted to marry Dutta. He even came to Balurghat and met Dutta's mother.

Alleging physical relations, the complaint stated, "He lured me to his 104, South Avenue Apartment" where he allegedly physically exploited her.

They allegedly met a number of times. Dutta was studying in Netherlands since October 2016 and Banerjee paid her a visit in Netherlands in December 2016 claimed the complaint.

"During that time we had problems and I wanted to end the relationship. He threatened to commit suicide by consuming sleeping pills. Thus I was forced to stay in the relationship" stated the complaint.

The complaint stated that now the MP is denying to marry Datta and was avoiding her calls. She also alleged that he was in a fresh relationship and has been threatening her with dire consequences.

"He also wanted to to bribe me by promising to give me Rs. 50 lakhs so that I do not talk to the media and keep our relationship a secret" stated the complaint.

"He used me, outraging my modesty and also transferred Rs. 2.5 lakhs to my bank account as compensation for having a physical relationship with me" alleged Datta in the complaint.

Later talking to media persons, Datta stated, "I want justice otherwise I will be compelled to commit suicide."

Sources at the Balurghat Police station stated that an FIR had been drawn up and a case has been initiated.

Incidentally the complaint comes on the heels of Datta tweeting on October 5 to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Minister Maneka Gandhi and Lok Sabha MP Mohammad Salim alleging that the MP had sexually exploited her.

She had even tweeted her photograph with the MP in intimate positions.

Reacting to this Ritabrata Banerjee had tweeted "Hard Facts. Manufacture Lies. Will be combated. Will not succumb to politically aided threats."

The MP had lodged a complaint against Dutta at the Garfa Police Station in Kolkata.
He also lodged an official complaint at Garfa Police Station on October 6 in Kolkata and demanded stern action against the woman.

In his complaint Banerjee stated that Datta had projected herself as a hapless lady in urgent need for a loan from SBI.

"Thereafter, she continued to make repeated material demands. I was induced and allured to meet her material demands till I realized that her demands are boundless," alleged the MP in the complaint.

In his complaint the MP further alleged that she started exerting constant pressure when her material demands were not met.

In February-March, 2017, she informed the MP that she was suffering from Lymphoma and again demanded money for her treatment. Due to her threat, the MP was compelled to make a payment of Rs 2.25 lakhs on July 20, 2017 stated the complaint.

"I was left with no other choice but to distance myself from her, as a result of which she got more furious and vindictive and went to the extent of giving me threat calls. She also demanded Rs 50 Lakhs by October 15, 2017. She also threatened to lodge a false complaint against me if I fail to deliver the amount or if I marry anyone else other than her. Out of fear, I transferred another sum of Rs 2.5 Lakhs on October 4, 2017. I strongly apprehend that such malicious acts of hers are politically motivated and backed by influential political persons in order to cause harm to my life, property, career and reputation. Please take necessary action and rescue me from her evil clutches" stated the complaint.

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