The Burdwan Court has issued an arrest warrant against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state president in West Bengal, Dilip Ghosh, in a one-year-old case.

The warrant has been issued in relation to an incident where the BJP chief was seen making “offensive” and “inflammatory” speeches against the West Bengal Police.

At a public meeting on November 4 last year, Dilip Ghosh had lashed out at the police and said that the entire department was rotten in corruption. 

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The BJP leader said, “Without bribe no one gets a job in police. For promotion as well, one has to pay bribe. From SP to OC, everyone takes bribe and the entire amount goes to the Trinamool Congress fund.”

Following this controversial remark, a police officer in Burdwan had lodged a complaint against Dilip Ghosh. The official had claimed that the statement of the BJP chief had hurt the image of police.

He further said that a delusion had been created about police in the minds of civilians and that the police officers also suffered from lack of inspiration towards their profession following Dilip Ghosh’s commentary.

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It was after the complainant lodged by the officer of Sohrabazar Police Station in Burdwan district that a number of cases were lodged against Dilip Ghosh under several sections of the IPC.

Earlier this year in February, the police had filed the chargesheet of the case, appealing for the arrest warrant against the BJP chief. The appeal was accepted on Friday (November 13).