Kolkata port chairman arrested, sent to five-day police remand

Kolkata Kolkata Port Trust chairman Raj Pal Singh Kahlon, arrested for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs.20 lakh, was on Thursday sent to five-day police remand by a city court. Kahlon and Director of Bharat Calcutta Containers Terminal Limited, D.D. Jagtap Dattaji were arrested from a city hotel on Wednesday night by a joint team of the city police and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The duo was subjected to a prolonged interrogation before being arrested. A case has been lodged at the New Market police station. Kahlon, a 1984-batch IAS officer of West Bengal cadre, and Dattaji were presented before judge Debabrata Sinha at the Bankshall court during the day. The defence counsels for both the accused sought bail, but the plea was turned down by the judge, who ordered that they be kept in police custody till March 17.