KOLKATA: The Crime Investigation Department (CID) on Saturday expressed dissatisfaction with the answers of BJP Rajya Sabha MP Roopa Ganguly, whom they interrogated at her residence here in connection with the Jalpaiguri child trafficking case.
Speaking to media after the three-hour-long interrogation, a woman sleuth said that they would question Ganguly again but refused to reveal the date of the next interrogation.
CID sources said that the sleuths were unhappy as Roopa Ganguly's statements did not match that of accused BJP Mahila Morcha leader Juhee Chowdhury, and felt Ganguly was concealing facts from them.
On the other hand, Roopa Ganguly reiterated that Juhee Chowdhury was innocent and told media after interrogation that she believed and would reiterate every time she is questioned that Juhee is innocent and could not be linked with child trafficking.
Even when the state BJP maintained distance from Juhee Chowdhury, Roopa Ganguly maintained that Juhee was innocent.
A three-member team including two women visited Roopa Ganguly’s residence at Golf Green here at around 11.15 am. Roopa Ganguly and BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya’s names cropped up in the case in February when prime accused Chandana Chakraborty had alleged that former BJP Mahila Morcha general secretary Juhee Choudhury 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.
Roopa Ganguly, Kailash Vijayvargiya and two other BJP leaders were sent notices by CID on July 20 informing them of the interrogation dates.
Roopa Ganguly was also removed as West Bengal’s BJP Mahila Morcha President a few days after the notice was sent. Fellow actor-turned-politician Locket Chatterjee took over the post.
Though the state BJP leadership initially supported the BJP leaders, they gradually distanced themselves from the accused since Juhee was caught fleeing to Nepal by a CID duo who posed as hermits to nab her. Since then, the state BJP softened their 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, where the BJP is growing by leaps and bounds, the saffron party had mooted Roopa Ganguly’s removal from the Mahila Morcha post long back so that the ruling TMC does not fire salvos at the state BJP over interrogation of their incumbent Mahila Morcha president.