February 5: The Supreme Court bench headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi on Tuesday issued a notice to the West Bengal government over the CBI’s Plea.
Also providing major relief to the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal, the Court also restrained the CBI from taking any coercive steps against Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar, including his arrest.
However, the Court also directed Rajeev Kumar to appear before the CBI at a “neutral place”, which would be most likely Shillong, and further asked WB Chief Secretary, DGP as well as Kumar to file their replies to the CBI’s contempt petition by February 18.
The West Bengal government has welcomed the ruling of the Top Court and said it was a victory of the people.
The central agency has accused Police Chief Rajeev Kumar of non-cooperation in its probe pertaining to the Saradha chit funds case and also alleged that he tried to destroy and tamper the evidence during handing over to the agency.
As per the facts, Rajeev Kumar headed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) probe into the case, which was later handed over to the agency following the direction from the Supreme Court in 2014.
The CBI has contented in its affidavit submitted before Supreme Court that Kumar was “conniving with the accused/potential accused persons” and was “actively subverting the investigation process” as the evidence received by the agency including call records was either incomplete or doctored.
It was also contended that the SIT headed by Kumar had provided a shield to companies like Saradha Group, Rose Valley and Tower Group which were allegedly involved in making large contributions to the Trinamool Congress (TMC).
The Court will hear the matter again on February 20.
Nonetheless, as a counterreaction of CBI's action against the Police Chief in Kolkata, Mamta Banerjee launched a protest and sat on dharna since last two days.
West Bengal government claims that the CBI's action is an attack on Federalism.
Mamta Banerjee's reaction over the scene has highlighted the irregularities in the scams unearthed in the year 2012-13 and many opposition leaders also supported her in her anger towards Modi government as she accused that the Centre is misusing police to take control of the police and all other institutions.