Clad in her trademark white sari and with senior party leaders in attendance, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee went on a protest sit-in on February 2 against the Centre over the Central Bureau of Investigation’s attempt to question the Kolkata Police commissioner Rajeev Kumar in connection with chit fund scams.
Rajeev Kumar had led a Special Investigation Team of West Bengal police probing scams, including multi-crore Saradha ponzi scam and the CBI team wanted to question the top cop regarding missing documents and files.
The CBI claimed that Kumar had been "absconding" and "being looked for" in connection with Saradha and Rose Valley ponzi scam cases.
As per reports, a CBI team on Sunday had come to arrest Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar at his residence in the city. The team was denied entry to Kumar's residence by the cops, put into police jeeps and whisked to a police station.
Mamata Banerjee had claimed that the CBI knocked on the doors of Kumar without a search warrant, insisting that the spirit of "Constitution and federalism" has been stifled.
The Centre slammed Mamata Banerjee claiming the incident to be a murder of democracy. Union Human Resources Development Minister Prakash Javadekar said that never before has a CBI investigating team been taken into custody by the state police.
Several political leaders, including Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Kejriwal, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister M Chandrababu Naidu, R J D national president Lalu Prasad, came out in support of Banerjee.
Meanwhile, the CBI, which suspects Kumar of having 'destroyed' evidence in the chit fund scam, on Monday moved the Supreme Court to seek direction on how to act against Kumar, a senior IPS officer.
CBI's interim chief Nageswara Rao, while speaking to ANI last night, alleged that the Kolkata Police Commissioner had hampered evidence in the chit fund scam and the CBI has evidence to prove the same.
As Mamata Banerjee's protest spilled into the second day, TMC supporters stage demonstrations against PM Narendra Modi and the Centre in Kolkata.
West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee's 'Save the Constitution'entered Day 2 in central Kolkata following a huge showdown between the police and officials of the Central Bureau of Investigation on Sunday evening. The leader's dharna or sit-in protest received support from several opposition parties praising her for the bold move. Here are the highlights of the alleged showdown that you should know.
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