The new CBI chief to arrive in Kolkata.
CBI interim chief M Nageshwar Rao’s statement to the media: “The state SIT, headed by Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar, which was earlier probing the case seized voluminous documents but they were never handed over to us. We issued a notice to Rajeev Kumar but he failed to appear. With no other way in hand, we decided to interrogate him. We are now contacting our senior law officers about the incident at his residence. Whatever they suggest will be followed.”
The SIT was formed by the Mamata Banerjee government in 2013 and 2014. The Supreme court later transferred the case to CBI.
Tomorrow the CBI will approach the Supreme Court on the matter as the West Bengal police is not cooperating. pic.twitter.com/up2NjMuoPI
Its a major centre-state confrontation. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tonight began an indefinite satyagraha/dharna at Metro channel, saying the duo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-Amit Shah was trying to organise a coup against her government after failing to fight her politically.
“The police commissioner is the best in the world. It was a raid at the instance of the PM and Amit Shah,” added Ms Banerjee. She said there was no search warrant to enter the city police commissioner’s residence.
The CBI Jt Director Pankaj Srivastava denied this. He stated that his CBI team did have the required documents to question the police commissioner. He said they have evidences that the police commissioner has not been cooperating with their investigation. Mr Srivastava said they also have proof that he destroyed many evidences and refused to cooperate with the central investigating agency for the last two years despite sending notices for his appearance.
Since the probe was ordered by the Supreme Court, the CBI stated that they did not require the state government’s permission to investigate the matter and the West Bengal government invoking “general consent” stands null and void. Mandatory permission under Sec 17A, Prevention of Corruption Act is also not required since the case is registered as per court orders.
He said CRPF personnel had been deployed at the CGO Complex and Nizam Palace to protect the central agency as well as many valuable documents. He said the CRPF was deployed after state police had put its forces on the CBI offices.
The CBI will move the Supreme Court on February 4 against the wrongful detention of their officers outside Kolkata Commissioner Rajeev Kumar’s residence on Sunday evening and the obstruction they are facing in investigation the chit fund scam.