New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday filed a contempt plea in the Supreme Court against West Bengal’s chief secretary, Director General of Police and Kolkata Police Commissioner for wilful and deliberate violation of apex court’s orders. Click Here For Live Updates on Kolkata Crisis
The development came amid an ongoing standoff between Kolkata state government and CBI sleuths who came to quiz police commissioner Rajeev Kumar.
Earlier in the day, the CBI had filed a plea in the Supreme Court seeking directions to Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar to cooperate with the investigation in Saradha chit fund case. (ALSO READ: Kolkata Crisis: Dharmendra Pradhan Hits Back at Mamata Banerjee For Opposing CBI Inquiry in Chit Fund Scams)
The apex court said it will hear on Tuesday probe agency’s applications which alleged that an extraordinary situation has arisen in which the top police officials of the West Bengal Police are sitting on a dharna along with a political party in Kolkata. (ALSO READ: Why is Mamata Banerjee Staging Dharna, Who Does She Want to Shield, Asks BJP)
The applications accusing Kolkata Police chief Rajeev Kumar of destroying evidence related to the case and indulging in contempt of court were mentioned by Solicitor General (SG) Tushar Mehta before a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjeev Khanna.
Kolkata has been witnessing high voltage drama since Sunday evening after a group of CBI officials reached state police commissioner Rajeev Kumar’s residence to question him in the chit fund scams. Later, Mamata Banerjee extended her support to Kumar and began a sit-in protest against PM Modi and Amit Shah. She accused BJP of torturing Kolkata.
She also alleged that National Security Advisor Ajit Doval was giving instructions to the CBI at the behest of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah. “I am sorry to say National Security Advisor Ajit Doval is giving instructions to the agency. He is implementing what PM Narendra Modi is asking for. He should tell the people that it is not correct,” an agitated Banerjee had said.
Kumar had investigated the Saradha and Rose Valley chit fund scams in which several members of Mamata Banerjee’s party Trinamool Congress Party were charged or arrested.
The CBI has alleged that he had ignored multiple summons over the past two years and that the agency wanted to ask him about missing evidence.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Andhra Pradesh counterpart Chandrababu Naidu, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath, DMK president MK Stalin, and former J&K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti had also extended their support to Mamata Banerjee.