February 4: The Supreme Court today questioned the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta about the urgency to hear a Plea filed by the CBI.
The Court said that the officials who were detained by the Kolkata Police on Sunday night have been released and posted the plea for hearing on Tuesday morning.
The Court has also asked the CBI to prove its point by bringing the material on record to support the claim that the Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar is trying to destroy evidence in the chit fund scams.
The Court also maintained,
"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."
Pertinently, the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta today moved a plea to the Supreme Court on behalf of the CBI for urgent hearing, seeking the Top Court's directions to Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar to cooperate with investigation pertaining to the Saradha chit fund scam.
Why CBI approached Supreme Court?
In November, West Bengal withdrew its general consent from the CBI from carrying out its inquiries within the state.
Consequently, the CBI would now require permission from the state government to proceed with the probe, except those ordered by the courts.
“Save the Constitution”, a Constitutional Crisis!
On the sidelines, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, is continuing her dharna, which began last night, over the CBI's attempt to question the Kolkata Police commissioner in connection with chit fund scams. The incident has sparked the rivalry between the West Bengal and Union government.
On Sunday evening, a constitutional crisis broke out in Kolkata when Mamata Banerjee as the West Bengal Chief Minister began a public dharna to “save the Constitution”. While doing so, she accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi for initiating a coup against West Bengal.
The controversy has its genesis in an attempt intiated by a 40-member strong team of CBI officials to question the Chief of the Kolkata police, which is controlled by the West Bengal in a case pertaining to Saradha and Rose Valley Ponzi schemes allegedly having involvement of some senior politicians.
It is to be noted that the aforesaid ponzi schemes have hurt numerous small investors.
When the team of CBI turned up at Mr. Kumar's residence, his guards declined their entry, which eventually led to a commotion between the two forces.
Subsequently, the Kolkata police also detained some CBI officials for a few hours and during that time paramilitary forces were being called out in order to protect the offices of the CBI.
However, the detained CBI officials were released within next few hours but the incident created a high voltage drama of claims and counterclaims.
The CBI alleged that Commissioner Rajeev Kumar has tried to destroy evidence and also tried to obstruct the course of the case.
Opposition leaders have offered their support to Ms Banerjee. Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi had also extended his support for Mamata Banerjee.
Amidst all these chaos, Rishi Kumar Shukla, a 1983 batch IPS officer of the Madhya Pradesh cadre, has assumed the CBI office today as the CBI Chief and seems that he has to face his first challenge from Kolkata.