New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday condemned the detention of five CBI officials in West Bengal. A high drama was seen in front of Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar’s official residence in Kolkata on Sunday evening as group CBI officers approached the house, but they were stopped by city police. Reportedly, five officials were detained and taken to police stations. (CHECK LIVE UPDATES HERE) Also Read - Bihar Poll Temperature Set to Soar With PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi's Rallies Today | Key Points
“The BJP condemned the incident and claimed that ‘Democracy has ended in West Bengal. “CBI was investigating on orders of SC but they didn’t allow them. CBI officers were detained, this is the first time something like this has happened since independence, we condemn this,” said BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya. Also Read - Durga Puja Pandals Alerted as IMD Predicts Heavy Rain in Bengal Over Next 2 Days
Meanwhile, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee launched a scathing attack on PM Modi-led NDA government and said that BJP is torturing Bengal. “They are forcibly trying to destroy Bengal just because I did brigade rally. Yesterday you saw the language of PM where he threatened,” she said.
Later, another BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao called the incident unfortunate and said, “Mamata Banerjee wants to protect the corrupt in her state, like a dictator. She is obstructing investigation of CBI which was there as per SC order. She is shredding apart the constitution. We condemn this.”
“CBI is working as per directions of SC, no state govt has the power to obstruct or detain them. It’s unconstitutional&undemocratic…We hope SC gives a direction to WB govt, keeping this incident in view otherwise no agency will be able to work in this country,” he added.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team reached the residence to question him in connection with the Rose Valley and Saradha ponzi scams.
It is to be noted here that the controversy erupted after the Rajeev Kumar had allegedly stopped responding to notices of the CBI. The investigating agency was asking him to appear. However, the Kolkata Police had issued a statement dismissing the CBI claims as ‘baseless’.
The Rose Valley and Saradha scams involve funds amounting to Rs 15,000 crore and Rs 2,500 crore respectively. Bengal filmmaker and distributor Shrikant Mohta was arrested by CBI officials on January 24 in the multi-crore Rose Valley chit fund scam.
On January 11, the CBI had filed charge sheet against former finance minister P Chidambaram’s wife Nalini Chidambaram in a court in Kolkata, in connection with the money laundering probe into the Saradha Ponzi scam.
(With agency inputs)