A police case has been filed against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Suvendu Adhikari and his brother for allegedly stealing relief material worth several lakhs from a municipality office in West Bengal’s Kanthi, about 150 km from state capital Kolkata.
The case was registered on the complaint of Ratnadip Manna, a member of Kanthi Municipal Administrative Board, at Kanthi Police Station.
“On 29 May 2021 at 12:30 pm as per direction of Suvendu Adhikari and his brother and former Municipal Chief Soumendu Adhikari of Kanthi Municipality, Government tripal whose estimated value is around lakhs of rupees, was taken away from municipality office godown by forcefully and illegally opening locks,” read the complaint submitted by Mr Manna at Kanthi Police Station on June 1.
The complaint also mentioned that the BJP leaders used armed central forces in the alleged theft.
The case was filed on a day when Suvendu Adhikari’s close aide was arrested by the Kolkata Police in a cheating case.
Rakhal Bera was arrested on charges of cheating a person with the promise of a job in the Irrigation and Waterways Ministry in 2019. The complainant alleged he paid ₹2 lakh but did not get promised the job.
Suvendu Adhikari, who till recently was a cabinet minister in Ms Banerjee’s government, joined the BJP in December 2020. He is currently the Leader of the Opposition in the state assembly.
Mr Adhikari had defeated Ms Banerjee by around 1,200 votes in the recently concluded Assembly election in Nandigram constituency.