Bengal BJP leader Rakesh Singh, whom the party’s youth-wing leader Pamela Goswami has named in a drugs case, has been arrested at the state’s Burdwan district. He was allegedly fleeing the state by road. The Kolkata Police has also detained his two sons for not allowing them to enter their residence today over absence of search warrant – which arrived later.
Ms Goswami, who was arrested last week over allegations of possessing around 100 grams cocaine, has accused Mr Singh – a close aide of senior BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya – of implicating her in the drugs case. “They have been trying to frame me for a long time. Rakesh Singh has done this. I have credible information. I have evidence,” she had told reporters in Bengali outside a local court.
Mr Singh was asked to appear today at the Kolkata Police headquarters for questioning in connection with the case. He, however, refused, saying he was travelling to Delhi and will appear before the police on February 26, when he returns to the city.
Earlier today, a huge police force reached outside Mr Singh’s house. His children, however, refused to let the police in.
The high-intensity drama played out on a day when a CBI team visited Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee’s house to question his wife Rujira over some bank transactions allegedly linked to a scam.
Mr Singh’s family insisted that the police action was to avenge the move against the Diamond Harbour MP’s wife.
“My father is being victimised. I don’t know anything about Pamela Goswami and the drugs case. My father is not involved. He is being victimised, I don’t know why,” his son, Saheb Singh, had told NDTV today.