West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee ended the protest on Tuesday in the presence of Andhra Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu. She was sitting on a protest against the police commissioner of Kolkata, Rajiv Kumar, against the CBI’s action on Sunday night. Earlier on Tuesday, the Supreme Court has ordered Rajiv Kumar to appear in front of CBI. Kumar will be present in the CBI office in Shillong. While hearing the court on Tuesday also clarified that Rajiv would not be arrested. Mamata has termed the order of the court as a constitution and her victory. At the same time, BJP has described it as a victory of CBI. The CBI filed a petition in the Supreme Court. The next hearing will be on February 20.
On Tuesday, Naidu reached the site to meet Mamata. Mamta said, “The Central Government wants to control all the investigating agencies including state agencies. Modi should resign from the Prime Minister and return to Gujarat. This is a man and a party government.”
Earlier on Sunday, the CBI team reached Kolkata to interrogate Rajiv. The Kolkata Police had stopped the CBI from doing so. Mamta Banerjee had sat on the charge against the CBI’s action.
CBI’s allegations: Kumar may scrap evidences of scam
- The bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi heard the case.
- Attorney General K.K. Venugopal represented the CBI. He said that the Kolkata police tampered with the evidence of the Saradha scam.
The attorney general told that the West Bengal government had constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the scandal. Kumar was its chief.
- The Supreme Court has issued a notice to Kumar, whose reply has to be given before 20th February.
- In the next hearing, the court also asked the Chief Secretary of Bengal, DGP and Kumar to appear personally.
- Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi represented Rajiv Kumar. He alleged that the CBI wanted to increase its numbers by taking action against Kumar.
- The Supreme Court asked Kumar to appear in the CBI office located in Shillong, Meghalaya.
- SC also said that he would not be arrested.
- The Supreme Court has asked the Chief Secretary, DGP, and the Kolkata Police Commissioner to answer the CBI’s contempt petition. This answer will be given before 18th February.