A petition for anticipatory bail of M A V Raju, the husband of former police superintendent of Midnapore (West) was filed in the Calcutta High Court on Monday. The petition was filed in connection with a case of alleged extortion in Daspur police station area of Midnapore (West) when Ms Bharati Ghosh was in office.

The state CID has issued an arrest warrant against the former Midnapore (West) SP on the charges of alleged extortion and criminal conspiracy. “An arrest warrant has been issued against Ghosh and her former security personnel, Sujit Mondal, in relation to cases of extortion and criminal conspiracy,” the officer said. The Criminal Investigation Department(CID) officers on Monday arrested Rajsekhar Pyne, sub-inspector (SI) of West Midnapore district from Midnapore police lines on Monday.

According to a CID source, Pyne was arrested on charges of defalcating money worth Rs 45 lakh owned by one Unus Ali, who was reportedly intercepted by the SI under the instruction of former police superintendent Ghosh, when he met with an accident in the district in 2016. Pyne was the then the officer-in charge of Kharagpur local police station. DIG CID (operations) Nishad Parvez said: “The CID officers on the trail of SI Rajsekhar Pyne, whose residences were searched and raided for the last few days, was arrested today on charges of misappropriation of Rs 45 lakh of one Unus Ali, who was arrested after being injured while riding on a car, which met with an accident at West Midnapore district in 2016.”

Parvez said that the arrest was made in adherence to all legal formalities and tomorrow the SI would be produced in court. With Monday’s development, the number of arrest made by the CID rose to five. Earlier, CID in pursuit of former OC of Kharagpur had conducted raids at his residence at Manirampur, Barrackpore and his in-laws’ house at West Midnapore and recovered Rs 16 lakh and other incriminating documents from there.

A CID officer said, besides recovering Rs 2.50 crore from her flat at Madurdaha and number of documents relating to appointments, four accounts of the former West Midnapore police superintendent has been frozen. The investigating agency earlier said teams have been sent outside the state to conduct search operations in the case of extortion.