In yet another setback for expelled CPM leader Ritabrata Banerjee, a police complaint has been filed against him on charges of sexually exploiting a 30-year-old research scholar. The scholar alleged that Banerjee sexually exploited her by establishing physical relationship with false promise to marry her, according to Indian Express. She told the media on Tuesday that breaking the promise amounts to rape.
The woman prior to filing a complaint at Balurghat police station in South Dinajpur district of West Bengal had posted her allegation on Twitter. Her complaint comes days after Banerjee, a Rajya Sabha MP, had given a written complaint to Garfa police in Kolkata, alleging that he had tried to help her secure a student loan and that she later tried to blackmail and extort from him. Banerjee said that the allegations against him are politically motivated to tarnish his reputation.
On Sunday, Banerjee posted an image of his complaint letter to the police, dated September 6, along with a screenshot of a WhatsApp conversation, where the victim purportedly sought Rs 50 lakh for not filing an FIR. The accompanying tweet said, “Hard Facts. “Manufactured Lies” will be combatted. Will not succumb to “politically aided” threats.” While making her allegations on Twitter, the woman had earlier tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, and WCD Minister Maneka Gandhi while making these allegations. She had also posted her pictures with MP on social media, according to Indian Express.