The West Bengal police on Wednesday afternoon searched the residence of Arjun Singh, the Bharatiya Janata Get together (BJP) Lok Sabha member from Barrackpore in North 24 Parganas district, in reference to an previous case of monetary irregularity.
A police officer who’s a part of the investigation and didn’t need to be named stated, “The search was held in reference to alleged monetary irregularities to the tune of Rs 11 crore involving the Bhatpara municipality and a neighborhood cooperative financial institution.”
Singh was chairman of the Bhatpara municipality from 2010 to 2019. He left the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and joined the BJP in March 2019. He additionally headed a neighborhood cooperative financial institution’s board.
Singh, who was current at house, stated, “This isn’t the primary time the police got here to raid my home. Prior to now they didn’t have any order from court docket and weren’t allowed to enter. Immediately they got here with a court docket order. I’m not shocked as a result of it’s well-known that I’m a goal of the TMC.”
“The Barrackpore police have to date named me in 93 circumstances. For Mamata Banerjee, I used to be clear and pure so long as I used to be within the TMC. Now, that I’m within the BJP, I’m concerned in all kinds of crimes,” stated Singh.
Recognised as a heavyweight chief, Singh was a four-time legislator of the TMC from Bhatpara earlier than he joined the BJP and defeated TMC’s sitting Barrackpore MP Dinesh Trivedi in 2019. The election was marked by violence which continues intermittently within the area. Singh’s son and brother-in-law are additionally sitting legislators of the BJP.
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Singh alleged that the police staff broke into the home of one among his kin earlier than coming to his house. “That home is positioned round 500 metres away from mine. It’s underneath a lock and a key for six months because the household is now in one other state. I advised the officers that we’ll transfer court docket for this as they didn’t have any written order to go looking the premises.”
Barrackpore police commissioner Manoj Verma couldn’t be contacted.
BJP state president Dilip Ghosh condemned the incident and stated Singh was being singled out.
“The TMC is being vindictive. The only job of the Barrackpore police is to focus on and implicate Arjun Singh,” stated Ghosh.
On July 17, a police staff went to Singh’s house at Bhatpara searching for one among his nephews however was denied entry by Central paramilitary power personnel answerable for Singh’s safety because the law enforcement officials didn’t have a search warrant.