New Delhi: The crisis in West Bengal shook Parliament on Monday as well. Home Minister Rajnath Singh sought to explain the CBI action by saying, “The action was taken after the Supreme Court had ordered an investigation into Saradha chit fund case. The Police Commissioner was summoned many times but he did not appear.” (Also read: SC to Hear Tomorrow CBI Plea Seeking Directions to Kolkata Police Chief to Cooperate)
Singh added, “In its earlier order on the CBI investigation of Saradha chit fund case, the apex court had said that the agency had found involvement of many political and influential persons.” He added that detention of CBI officers in West Bengal was “unprecedented”.
He said that West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi had summoned the Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police and had asked them to take immediate action to resolve the situation. Earlier, Singh had spoken to the Governor to take stock of the situation in the state. He had also sought a detailed report from the Governor.
The ministry has reportedly decided to deploy Central forces at the official and residential premises of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in West Bengal and the MHA is “closely monitoring the situation”, officials said.
He added that it was Banerjee who was stopping the CBI from investigating over the chit fund scam. Calling the incident unfortunate, Singh said, “There may be a constitutional breakdown in West Bengal.”
As Singh addressed the House, TMC MPs started raising slogans, almost outshouting him.
Earlier in the day, the CBI moved a plea in the Supreme Court, seeking directions to Kolkata Police Commissioner to cooperate with the agency as it probed the Saradha chit fund scam.
Meanwhile, BJP ally Shiv Sena has also criticised the Centre for Sunday’s action. Sena MP Sanjay Raut said, “If the Chief Minister of a big state as West Bengal is sitting on a dharna, then it is a serious matter. Is this CBI vs Mamata Banerjee or Mamata Banerjee vs BJP, we’ll find out soon. If CBI is being misused, it’s a matter of dignity of the nation, and prestige of the agency (CBI).”