KOLKATA: THE Crime Investigation Department (CID) expressed dissatisfaction with the answers of BJP Rajya Sabha MP Roopa Ganguly, whom they interrogated for over three-hours at her residence here on Saturday in connection with the Jalpaiguri child trafficking case.
Speaking to media after the interrogation, a woman sleuth said that Ganguly would be interrogated again but refused to reveal the date. CID sources said that they were not happy as Ganguly’s statement did not match that of accused former BJP Mahila Morcha leader Juhee Chowdhury, and felt that she was trying to hide facts.
Roopa Ganguly, however, reiterated that Juhee was innocent and told media after the interrogation, “I believe and would reiterate every time I am questioned that Juhee is innocent and could not be linked with child trafficking.”
Even when the state BJP maintained distance from Juhee, Roopa Ganguly maintained that Juhee was innocent.
A three-member team including two women visited Ganguly’s residence at Golf Green here at around 11.15 am.
Ganguly and BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya’s names cropped up in the case in February when prime accused Chandana Chakraborty alleged that Choudhury had influenced the two top BJP leaders to lobby authorities of the Central Adoption Research Authority (CARA) to release more central funds for Chandana’s shelter homes. Ganguly, Vijayvargiya and two other BJP leaders were sent notices by the CID on July 20 informing them of the interrogation dates.
Ganguly was removed as West Bengal’s BJP Mahila Morcha President a few days after the notice was sent.
Though the state BJP leadership initially supported the BJP leaders, they gradually distanced themselves from the accused since Choudhury was caught fleeing to Nepal by a CID duo who posed as hermits to nab her.The state BJP has since then softened its stand on the high-profile child trafficking case and BJP state president Dilip Ghosh said that the accused be given exemplary punishment if found guilty.
Desperate to maintain their image in Bengal, the saffron party had mooted Ganguly’s removal from Mahila Morcha long back so that the ruling TMC does not fire salvoes at the state BJP over her interrogation.