New Delhi: Joint Director of Kolkata CBI Pankaj Srivastav said that his 13-year-old daughter and wife crouched down in fear as 50-60 state police men surrounded their house on Sunday. Speaking to a news channel, Srivastav said that his family fears for his security. “I think the state police will break down the door any moment and arrest me,” the CBI Joint Director asserted.
He also asked Narendra Modi-led Central government to intervene in the matter. “I have informed my director in-charge. Central government must intervene. If we can’t investigate in Supreme Court monitored case, how are we going to do our jobs?” Srivastav further told the channel.
Notably, he made these remarks before Mamata Banerjee announced her ‘Save The Constitution’ ‘dharna’ (strike) against CBI’s move to interrogate Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar in connection with chit fund scam.
Meanwhile, interim CBI chief M Nageswara Rao, while speaking to news agency ANI over the matter said, “We are contacting our senior law officers about the Kolkata incident. Whatever they suggest will be followed.”
Adding, he said, “We are investigating these chit fund cases as per the directions of the SC. An SIT has been constituted by the WB govt prior to SC’s direction under the chairmanship of Rajeev Kumar, who is currently the Kolkata police commissioner.”
He alleged,”There is evidence against him (Rajeev Kumar), he has been instrumental in causing destruction of this evidence and obstructing justice. They have taken charge of all the evidence, seized all the documents. They have not been cooperating with us in handing over all the documents and a lot of evidence has been destroyed or caused to disappear,” Rao said.
The showdown in Kolkata began after a 40-member CBI team headed towards the residence of Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar. They (CBI officers) were stopped by Kolkata police personnel, who also forcibly took five probe agency officers including Bardhan to the Shakespeare Sarani police station. The event is expected to cast a shadow on the budget session of parliament today with the opposition expected to vociferously raise the issue.