Delhi Police summons Ritabrata Banerjee in alleged rape case
According to reports, Delhi Police served notices to Ritabrata and Namrata in the morning via email where they both have been asked to appear at South Avenue Police Station as soon as possible for interrogation.
"On Wednesday, we received a Zero-FIR, which was registered at Hare Street Police Station in Kolkata (FIR No.: 001 Date: 06.10.17) under sections 417, 376, 354 and 506 of IPC, and seven printed photographs," a senior official of Delhi Police told IBNS.
"Based on the Zero-FIR, we have registered a fresh FIR at South Avenue Police Station in New Delhi (FIR No.: 36/17 Date: 11.10.17) under IPC sections 376, 354 and 506," the official added.
An officer of Delhi police said that the woman software engineer has been asked to visit South Avenue Police Station along with all electronic or documentary evidences.
"As per procedure of law, her statement will be recorded under CrPC section 164 before the concerned Hon'ble court in Delhi," he told IBNS.
Meanwhile, the Protection of Women & Children (POWC) Cell of West Bengal Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on Wednesday served a notice to Ritabrata Banerjee, asking him to appear before its investigators at the state probe agency's headquarters at Bhabani Bhawan in Kolkata on Friday (Oct 13) in connection with the same case.
Earlier on Oct 5, techie Namrata Datta, who is a resident of Balurghat in West Bengal's South Dinajpur district, alleged that expelled CPI-M MP Ritabrata Banerjee had sex with her several times in Banerjee's Delhi residence in 2016 after the young communist leader promised to marry her.
Explaining the entire incident on micro-blogging site Twitter, the software engineer lodged a complaint at Balurghat Police Station on Tuesday (Oct 10).
After completing preliminary investigation, police converted the complaint into an FIR and have framed a charge under several IPC sections, including 417, 376(2)/(n), 214, 354, 506 and 509.
"Medical tests of the woman were done on Thursday at Balurghat Hospital and she recorded her statements before South Dinajpur District Court's Judicial Magistrate(2nd Court), Aminur Rahaman, under CrPC section 164 on the same day," a senior official of South Dinajpur district police told IBNS.
Ritabrata Banerjee, however, denied all allegations against him and claimed that the entire matter is a conspiracy against him to malign his image.
The expelled CPI-M leader also lodged a complaint against the woman at Garfa Police Station in Kolkata on Monday (Oct 9).
(Reporting by Deepayan Sinha)