Expelled RS MP faces sexual assault charge

Controversies seem to be not letting off Rajya Sabha MP Ritabrata Banerjee, who was recently expelled from the CPM for violation of party norms and principles.

A woman from Balurghat in north Bengal, identified as Namrata Dutta, has accused the former CPM leader of sexual assault and intimidation. She has also alleged that the Rajya Sabha MP is trying to pay her in return of her silence.

Banerjee, however, accused the woman of alluring him and even threatening him and taking Rs 5 lakh from him on two occasions. When he found out about the trap and denied further payment, the woman came up with the accusations, Banerjee said. In a tweet, the MP said he has filed an FIR against the woman for maligning him.

Dutta, a software engineer, had been based in the Netherlands for some time, and in her complaint with the police, said that Banerjee had travelled with her abroad and they were in a physical relationship since 2016.“But, when I approached him with a marriage proposal, he backed off. Now he has transferred Rs 2.5 lakh into my account to keep quiet. I have also received threat calls,” Dutta said on Tuesday.

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