New Delhi: Accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of pursuing political vendetta, TMC supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday extended her support to Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar, who has been summoned by the Central Bureau of Investigation in connection with Rose Valley and Saradha ponzi scams.
Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Banerjee tweeted,”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.”
“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,” she added.
Furthermore, she alleged that the ruling party was “misusing power to take control of the police and all other institutions”.
Her statement comes a day after the CBI claimed that Kumar, is ‘absconding’ and being looked in connection with Saradha and Rose Valley ponzi scams.
Notably, the row erupted after the the IPS officer, who led a SIT of West Bengal Police probing the scams, is allegedly not responding to notices 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.