New Delhi: The Supreme Court would hear on Tuesday the CBI plea seeking directions to Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar to cooperate with the investigation in Saradha chit fund case. (Catch LIVE Update of Crisis Here)
In its plea, the agency said that Kumar had been summoned multiple times but failed to cooperate and created hurdles in the investigation. Representing the agency, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta submitted before the apex court that ‘our team was arrested and kept in alleged custody. Kolkata Police Commissioner should immediately surrender.”
Refusing the hear the matter urgently, the apex court said, “If 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.”
The Supreme Court has permitted the CBI to the martial on record to support its claim that West Bengal Police Commissioner is trying to destroy evidence.
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.
On Sunday, a CBI team arrived at his residence but the Kolkata police had refused to let them enter and temporarily detained them at a police station. The CBI reportedly wanted to question him after several key documents of the investigation went missing.
Meanwhile, 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”.
Lashing out at the Centre, she had sought to know how the CBI could arrive at the police commissioner’s home “without a warrant”.