SC Asks CBI to Fulfill Obligation of Providing Details of ‘Contempt’ by West Bengal Police

SC Asks CBI to Fulfill Obligation of Providing Details of ‘Contempt’ by West Bengal Police

The Supreme Court bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna on Wednesday asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to file a detailed affidavit regarding the alleged contempt committed by West Bengal Police officials and former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar within two weeks.

Subsequently, the bench also directed CBI Director Rishi Kumar Shukla to provide substaintial information supporting the claim of tampering and destruction of call data records by Mr.Kumar.

Pertinently, CBI has made acussations that Mr. Kumar allegedly tried to obstruct the course of the case pertaining to the multi-crore Sarada chit fund scam as he was heading the state’s Special Investigation Team (SIT) while probing the case.

While considering the serious nature of allegations levelled by the premiere agency, the court was of the view that it's now agency's obligation to disclose complete details of the alleged contempt committed by the then police commissioner.

The matter is posted for further hearing on March 26.

As per the facts, the CBI had approached the Supreme Court against the West Bengal Police personnel claiming that it physically prevented the CBI team from interrogating Kolkata police commissioner at his residence on February 3, when the CBI team turned up at Mr. Kumar's residence in connection with the chit fund scams.

Consequently, after the clash amid CBI and police personnel, the CBI officers were detained in a police station for hours.

The agency then claimed that the State had acted in contempt of the court’s orders, in which it had transferred the ponzi scam investigation to the CBI from the State Police.

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)
Contempt Petition
West Bengal Police

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