New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday called up West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi to discuss the developments in the wake of a CBI team being allegedly obstructed by the state police to grill the Kolkata Police commissioner in connection with the Saradha ponzi scam case.
“Home Minister Rajnath Singh called up Governor of West Bengal Keshari Nath Tripathi to be apprised of the facts of the unfortunate and unprecedented situation of officers of a Central Investigating Agency being manhandled, detained, intimidated and obstructed,” MHA sources said.
The ministry has 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 now “closely monitoring the situation, officials said.
Tripathi is also said to have summoned the state’s chief secretary, the director general of police and home secretary to Raj Bhavan. He has reportedly asked them take immediate action to resolve the situation.
Notably, the showdown began after a CBI team arrived at the residence of Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar but the Kolkata police refused to let them enter and temporarily detained them at a police station. The CBI reportedly wanted to interrogate Kumar in connection with Saradha chit fund scam.
State Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is sitting on a dharna, claiming she would continue to do so till the country and the constitution were ‘saved’. She had also held a press meet in the evening at Kumar’s residence where she alleged a “complete constitutional breakdown”.