New Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee continued her sit-in protest on Tuesday over the Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) attempt to interrogate Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar in connection with Saradha and Rose Valley chit fund scams. Notably, the TMC supremo is sitting on dharna at the same Metro Channel in Esplanade area, where she had sat on a 26-day fast in 2006 against the acquisition of farmland at Singur for the Tata Motors factory.
Describing her dharna as ‘satyagraha’ against the CBI and the Centre, Banerjee had said,”This demonstration will continue till February 8. Because the boards examinations will be starting soon and we will not be playing the loudspeakers.”
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court, while hearing the CBI’s plea, asked Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar to appear before Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and co-operate fully with the investigation in Saradha and Rose Valley chit fund scams. The apex court, also made it clear that no coercive steps including arrest can be taken against him (Rajeev Kumar) for now.
Welcoming the top court’s decision TMC Supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that this verdict will strengthen the moral of officers. “It’s a moral victory. We have great respect for judiciary and all institutions. We are so grateful. We’re so obliged.”
Earlier on Monday, while seeking an urgent hearing, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta had said,”We fear evidence will be destroyed.” However, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi rejected his argument saying,“If the Kolkata Police Commissioner even remotely thinks of destroying evidence, bring the material before this Court. We will come down so heavily on him that he will regret.”
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