Kolkata: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team on Sunday evening reached the residence of Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar to question him in connection with the Rose Valley and Saradha ponzi scams. However, the team was denied entry into the house by the city police. At least five CBI officials were detained and taken into custody by the cops, who were later released. The probe agency will approach the Supreme Court on Monday over the matter.
Meanwhile, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who extended her support to Kolkata Police Commissioner earlier in the day, held a meeting with the top officials including Kolkata Mayor and state DGP at the residence of the police chief. Following the meeting, she accused the BJP of trying to destroy Bengal. The CM, on the other hand, sat on a dharna outside Metro Channel in Kolkata.
Banerjee took to Twitter and accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of resorting to ‘worst kind of political vendetta’. “The highest levels of the BJP leadership are doing the worst kind of political vendetta. Not only are political parties their targets, they are misusing power to take control of the police and destroy all institutions. We condemn this,” she tweeted.
Adding further, she posted, “The Kolkata Police Commissioner is among the best in the world. His integrity, bravery and honesty are unquestioned. He is working 24×7, and was on leave for only one day recently. When you spread lies, the lies will always remain lies.”
Her statement comes a day after the probe agency claimed that Kumar, is ‘absconding’ and being looked in connection with Saradha and Rose Valley ponzi scams.
The row erupted after the the IPS officer, who led a SIT of West Bengal Police probing the scams, allegedly stopped responding to notices asking him to appear before the agency. Kumar, a 1989-batch IPS officer, took over as the city police chief in January 2016.
Meanwhile, the Kolkata Police has also issued a statement and dismissed the CBI claims as ‘baseless’. “Such is baseless news. Please take note that not only is the CP Kolkata available in the city, but has also been attending office on a regular basis, with the exception of 31.1.19, when he was on leave for a day,” the statement read.
It also cautioned of strict legal action for spreading news without proper verification. “All concerned may please take note that if any news is spread without proper verification, Kolkata Police will initiate strict legal action for defamation of both the CP Kolkata and Kolkata Police,” the statement added.