Mamata Banerjee ended the sit-in to protest CBI's attempt to question Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar in a probe into the ponzi scheme scam as the SC ordered allowing the same.
Mamata Banerjee and Kolkata Police vs Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) showdown entered the third day as new developments piled up at a fast pace. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that the Supreme Court's stopping the CBI from arresting Rajeev Kumar was a victory of democracy. The Supreme Court ordered Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar to appear before the investigative agency in Shillong in connection with the probe into the Saradha and Rose Valley Chit Fund scams. The capital of Meghalaya was picked as it's a neutral place unlike Delhi. Significantly, the top court directed that the CBI cannot take any coercive steps, including arrest, against Kumar.
In a related development, the CBI submitted an additional affidavit in the top court alleging that Kumar not only refused to join the investigation despite multiple notices but also actively connived with the accused persons whom he was investigating in suppressing, destroying and destructing of crucial material evidence linked to the probe. The agency filed an interim application in the Supreme Court specifically naming Kumar as a potential accused and seeking directions to the West Bengal government and police to cooperate with its probe, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had asked for proof. Today's affidavit makes several charges against the state police and Kumar in particular.
It went on to allege that the Special Investigation Team (SIT), formed nearly six years ago to look into the Saradha scam, which was headed by Kumar before the CBI took over. Another allegation in the affidavit is related to tampering with or doctoring call data records of the prime accused in the investigation. The CBI has not spared the Banerjee administration either.
The CBI has also accused Kumar and the state government of harassing its officials after the probe was entrusted to the agency. The top court also issued notice to the West Bengal Chief Secretary, the DGP, and Rajeev Kumar in the contempt of court application filed by the CBI. They reportedly have to file their response on or before February 18, and on consideration of their replies, the Court may require the personal presence of these officers on February 20.
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