West Bengal child trafficking case: CID issues notices to BJP leaders Roopa Ganguly, Kailash
West Bengal CID has issued notices to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Roopa Ganguly and party General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya on Thursday in connection with an alleged child trafficking case in Jalpaiguri. The BJP leaders have been asked to appear before the CID by 27 July.
Key accused in the alleged child-trafficking case, Chandana Chakraborty, claimed that party national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya and president of party's women's wing in the state Roopa Ganguly were involved in the racket.
According to reports, Chakraborty alleged that West Bengal Mahila Morcha general secretary Juhi Chowdhury lobbied with Ganguly and Vijayvargiya to "resolve some issues" about her shelter home.
In March, the West Bengal CID arrested Juhi Chowdhury from the Batasia area close to the Indo-Nepal border in North Bengal.
Chowdhury had sought the two BJP leaders' help to influence Ministry of Women and Child Development's Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) to grant a central aid of Rs 22.5 lakh to her shelter home 'Ashray', renew its licence. She had also sought retransfer of 14 children, who were sent to other child care homes after district Child Welfare Committee noted irregularities at 'Ashray'.
Chowdhury allegedly offered expensive gifts to Vijayvargiya and Ganguly in return for the favours.
Vijayvargiya has refuted the allegations, claiming the Kolkata Police is "being controlled by Trinammol Congress" and it is "conspiring against me".
(With agency inputs)