Mamata vs CBI: Agency to approach Supreme Court today for urgent consideration of matter

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 04 February 2019, 12:05 AM
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) units arrive at CBI regional office at CGO Complex, Kolkata
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) units arrive at CBI regional office at CGO Complex, Kolkata
HIGHLIGHTS
    • Police detain the CBI team which reached the residence of Rajeev Kumar.
    • Mamata Banerjee reached Police Commissioner’s house.
    • CBI team was forced to sit in the police van: Sources

An all-out war broke out between the Centre and the Mamata Banerjee government on Sunday, with the feisty West Bengal leader beginning a sit-in protest at a city landmark over the CBI's attempt to question the Kolkata Police chief in connection with chit fund scams, insisting it stifled the spirit of "Constitution and federalism". Taking the cognizance of the matter, the Attorney General or the Solicitor General will make an urgent mention before the CJI tomorrow morning for urgent consideration of the matter.

According to the reports, the Centre will accuse the Mamata government of impeding investigation of a Supreme Court ordered probe (in 2014 SC asked CBI to probe Saradha, other Ponzi scams). The CBI Interim Director M Nageshwar Rao has also said that tomorrow the CBI will approach the Supreme Court on the matter as the West Bengal police is not cooperating.

In a turn of events, the Kolkata Police has today detained the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team which had reached the house of Commissioner Rajeev Kumar to question him in connection with Rose Valley and Saradha ponzi scams. The team was earlier denied entry by the cops into the house of Kolkata Police chief. The West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has also reached Kumar's house. According to our sources, the CBI team is in Shakespeare police station under whose aegis commissioner's house comes. The CBI is trying to locate Kolkata police chief Rajeev Kumar to question him in connection with Rose Valley and Saradha ponzi scams and it might arrest him as the last resort, officials said. The IPS officer, who led a Special Investigation Team of West Bengal Police probing the scams, has to be questioned regarding missing documents and files but he is not responding to notices to appear before the agency, they said.

Trinamool Congress senior leader Derek O Brien took to Twitter and termed the raid as constitution coup. “BJP planning a constitutional coup? 40 CBI officials surround Kolkata Police Commissioner’s home. Destruction of institutions goes on unabated. Our demand in #Parliament on Mon. Modi has to go. We are reaching out and sharing this with all Oppn parties who want to #SaveDemocracy," he wrote.

Kumar, a 1989 batch IPS officer of West Bengal cadre, did not even attend a meeting with Election Commission officials who had gone to Kolkata to meet him regarding election preparedness, sources said. When contacted, his staff claimed Kumar had come to office Friday but had left. "There is very little chance that he will come to office now. You can try on Monday or call his residence," his office staff told PTI over phone. The number of his residence given by his staff did not ring and the calls made to his mobile number remained unanswered. The officials said Kumar apparently became apprehensive of his arrest after Bengali film producer Shrikant Mohita was taken into custody.

According to some eyewitness accounts, Kumar was spotted in a book fair some days back. The Rose Valley scam is worth over Rs 15,000 crore and Saradha scam is about Rs 2500 crore. In both cases, the perpetrators allegedly have links with the members of the ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal, they said.

In both cases, like all other ponzi scam cases under the CBI probe, the investors were lured with attractive interest rates, they said. They were allegedly duped by ponzi scam companies which refused to return money after maturity of deposits and finally closed their shops. The Supreme Court had handed over probe to the CBI in 2014. Kumar was appointed as the Kolkata Police commissioner in 2016. 

Earlier, the Kolkata police issued a notice where they said, "We have noticed a news item doing the rounds of various audiovisual, print, and digital media since Saturday, 02.02.19, to the effect that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is 'looking for' Shri Rajeev Kumar, Commissioner of Police, Kolkata, in connection with the Saradha chit fund cases. The news item also mentions that Shri Rajeev Kumar has not been attending office for three days. Kolkata Police condemns and denies such baseless news. Please take note that not only is the CP Kolkata available in the city, but has also been attending office on a regular basis, with the exception of 31.1.19, when he was on leave for a day. All concerned may please take note that if any news is spread without proper verification, Kolkata Police will initiate strict legal action against defamation of both the CP Kolkata and Kolkata Police."

  Feb 03, 2019  23:41 (IST)

I'm shocked learning about CBI rushing to arrest the police commissioner & subsequent developments in West Bengal. India had faced similar kind of unconstitutional methods during emergency, the situation is similar to that of emergency: HD Deve Gowda

  Feb 03, 2019  23:40 (IST)
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  Feb 03, 2019  23:30 (IST)

I have appealed to all TMC workers to be calm, there will be no violence. The protest will continue: Firhad Hakim, Mayor of Kolkata

  Feb 03, 2019  23:26 (IST)
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CBI Interim Director M Nageshwar Rao: Tomorrow the CBI will approach the Supreme Court on the matter as the West Bengal police is not cooperating.

  Feb 03, 2019  23:08 (IST)

Centre will seek appropriate directions against the West Bengal government and its police.

  Feb 03, 2019  23:07 (IST)

Centre to accuse Mamta government of impeding the investigation of a Supreme Court ordered probe (in 2014 SC asked CBI to probe Saradha, other Ponzi scams)

  Feb 03, 2019  23:07 (IST)

Tomorrow Attorney General or the Solicitor General will make an urgent mention before the CJI tomorrow morning for urgent consideration of the matter 

  Feb 03, 2019  22:57 (IST)

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu is right now speaking with all opposition leaders.

  Feb 03, 2019  22:53 (IST)
  Feb 03, 2019  22:53 (IST)

Congress holds a meeting in Patna to discuss Kolkata’s episode

  Feb 03, 2019  22:43 (IST)

Congress president Rahul Gandhi and BSP chief call West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to show solidarity. 

  Feb 03, 2019  22:42 (IST)
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Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) seeks time from West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi to discuss the ongoing issue.

  Feb 03, 2019  22:50 (IST)

Mamata Banerjee urges supporters to vacate ‘dharna’ spot

  Feb 03, 2019  22:23 (IST)

We have received solidarity from various political parties: Mamata Banerjee 

  Feb 03, 2019  22:22 (IST)

Modi has gone mad, says agitated Mamata Banerjee.

  Feb 03, 2019  22:21 (IST)

We have confidence in democracy, media, judiciary: Mamata Banerjee

  Feb 03, 2019  22:19 (IST)
  Feb 03, 2019  22:15 (IST)

TMC blocks Asansol-Risra road

  Feb 03, 2019  22:00 (IST)

CBI may move to Supreme Court today: Source

  Feb 03, 2019  21:55 (IST)

Incident taking place in Kolkata are unfortunate. Mamata Banerjee wants to protect the corrupt in her state, like a dictator. She is obstructing investigation of CBI which was there as per SC order. She is shredding apart the constitution. We condemn this, says GVL Narasimha Rao, BJP.

  Feb 03, 2019  21:53 (IST)
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A delegation of senior BJP leaders to meet Chief Election Commissioner on Monday. BJP will complain about West Bengal govt blocking rallies of senior BJP leaders.

  Feb 03, 2019  21:47 (IST)

Praveen Tripathi, Joint Commissioner Crime, Kolkata Police: A team of CBI officers came without any papers for what they called a 'secret operation'. When asked what the operation was about, they could not give a satisfactory response.

  Feb 03, 2019  21:41 (IST)

Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu expresses his support to Mamata Banerjee via a phone call. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal may head to Kolkata tomorrow.

  Feb 03, 2019  21:40 (IST)

At least 15 parties party confirm to raise CBI bogey with TMC on the floor of the house

  Feb 03, 2019  21:33 (IST)
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CBI may file complain against West Bengal police in Delhi: Sources

  Feb 03, 2019  21:31 (IST)

Interim CBI chief M Nageshwar Rao to ANI: They have taken charge of all the evidence, seized all the documents. They have not been cooperating with us in handing over all the documents and a lot of evidence has been destroyed or caused to disappear.

  Feb 03, 2019  21:30 (IST)

Interim CBI chief M Nageshwar Rao to ANI: We are investigating these chit fund cases as per the directions of the SC. An SIT has been constituted by the WB govt prior to SC's direction under the chairmanship of Rajeev Kumar, who is currently the Kolkata police commissioner.

  Feb 03, 2019  21:30 (IST)

There is evidence against him (Rajeev Kumar), he has been instrumental in causing the destruction of this evidence and obstructing justice, says Interim CBI chief M Nageshwar Rao to ANI

  Feb 03, 2019  21:26 (IST)

Mamata Banerjee sought Congress's support. Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel briefs Rahul Gandhi about the whole Bengal episode. 

  Feb 03, 2019  21:30 (IST)

All five CBI officers who were detained by police at Shakespeare Sarani police station in Kolkata have been released.

  Feb 03, 2019  21:24 (IST)

Amid chants of Modi Hatao Desh Bachao, Mamata Banerjee starts her Dharna. TMC to stage protest in Bengal against BJP tomorrow. 

  Feb 03, 2019  21:12 (IST)
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We are in support of Mamata Banerjee’s ‘Save Constitution’ dharna. BJP is misusing every constitutional institute which is dangerous for the democracy, says Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav

  Feb 03, 2019  20:57 (IST)

Mamata Banerjee launches dharna, says PM Modi, Amit Shah planning coup in Bengal

  Feb 03, 2019  20:54 (IST)
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Kolkata Police chief Rajeev Kumar  leaves Shakespeare Police station

  Feb 03, 2019  20:49 (IST)

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee begins ‘dharna’ in front of Metro cinema 

  Feb 03, 2019  20:44 (IST)

West Bengal CM reaches 'Dharna' spot

  Feb 03, 2019  20:44 (IST)

West Bengal Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar reaches Sheaksphere Police station.

  Feb 03, 2019  20:42 (IST)
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I appeal all like-minded parties to stand together against Modi government, says Derek O Brien

  Feb 03, 2019  20:39 (IST)

Amit Shah and Narendra Modi cannot fight TMC. They are resorting to political vendetta after what they saw in United India rally. BJP knows TMC slogan has arrived - '2019-BJP Finish'

  Feb 03, 2019  20:36 (IST)

BJP can't fight Mamata Banerjee in Bengal, says Derek O Brien

  Feb 03, 2019  20:35 (IST)

They (BJP) are destroying every constitutional institutes, says TMC leader Derek

  Feb 03, 2019  20:34 (IST)

The BJP duo (Amit Shah and Modi) know that they can fight the TMC, says Derek O Brien. 

  Feb 03, 2019  20:30 (IST)

I am going to stage a dharna to save the federal structure. From today I'm going to sit near the Metro Channel. Tomorrow proceedings in state assembly will take place where I will hold a meeting. This dharna means satyagraha, says Mamata Banerjee

  Feb 03, 2019  20:27 (IST)

To save 'Democracy', Mamata Banerjee to sit on Dharna in front of metro cinema.

  Feb 03, 2019  20:21 (IST)

I am not afraid of Narendra Modi, says Mamata Banerjee

  Feb 03, 2019  20:21 (IST)

I am proud to say that my responsibility is to give protection to the force. Without notice, you are coming to Kolkata Police Commissioner's house. We could have arrested CBI but we left, says Mamata Banerjee.

  Feb 03, 2019  20:29 (IST)

They (Modi government) may not like me, but I won't allow them to harass my force, says Mamata Banerjee.

  Feb 03, 2019  20:19 (IST)

Modi Hatao Desh Bachao, says Mamata Banerjee

  Feb 03, 2019  20:17 (IST)

I still say Rajeev Kumar (Kolkata Police Commissioner) is the best in the world.

  Feb 03, 2019  20:17 (IST)

Why should I hand over all the documents to the Modi government, says Mamata Banerjee. 

  Feb 03, 2019  20:15 (IST)

The situation under Modi government is worst than emergency, says Mamata Banerjee

  Feb 03, 2019  20:13 (IST)

Mamata Banerjee questions the timing of raids.

  Feb 03, 2019  20:12 (IST)

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee: BJP is torturing Bengal. They are forcibly trying to destroy Bengal just because I did brigade rally. Yesterday you saw the language of PM where he threatened.

  Feb 03, 2019  20:28 (IST)

We are the one who took steps to bring Chit Fund offenders to book, says Mamata Banerjee

  Feb 03, 2019  20:10 (IST)

CBI is humiliating us because he conducted the United India rally on January 19, says Mamata Banerjee.

  Feb 03, 2019  20:09 (IST)

Modi and Shah are humiliating West Bengal, says Mamata Banerjee

  Feb 03, 2019  20:07 (IST)
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CBI is investigating this case after the Supreme Court’s order, but Mamata Banerjee is insulting Narendra Modi, there is no democracy in Bengal: Kailash Vijayvargiya

  Feb 03, 2019  19:58 (IST)

Democracy is in danger in Kolkata, says Kailash Vijayvargiya

  Feb 03, 2019  19:57 (IST)

CBI fears the destruction of evidence: Sources 

  Feb 03, 2019  19:56 (IST)
  Feb 03, 2019  19:54 (IST)

Kolkata mayor Firhad Hakim reaches Kolkata Police Commissioner’s house. 

  Feb 03, 2019  19:53 (IST)

Huge police deployment in front of Kolkata CBI office.

  Feb 03, 2019  19:52 (IST)

According to the sources, the CBI will speak to the Home Department regarding this entire episode. 

  Feb 03, 2019  19:51 (IST)

After West Bengal Director General of Police, Additional Director General law reaches Rajeev Kumar’s house

  Feb 03, 2019  19:47 (IST)

Five CBI officers have been detained by the police.

  Feb 03, 2019  19:46 (IST)

TMC to raise the issue of CBI’s action in Kolkata tomorrow in Parliament  

  Feb 03, 2019  19:44 (IST)

West Bengal Director General of Police arrives at the residence of Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is also present there, a meeting is currently underway.

  Feb 03, 2019  19:41 (IST)

Democracy at stake in West Bengal, says BJP leader Mukul Roy. 

  Feb 03, 2019  19:39 (IST)

Mamata Banerjee present at the residence of Rajeev Kumar.

  Feb 03, 2019  19:37 (IST)

Tathagata Bardhan (CBI officer) has  been taken to Shakespeare Sarani police station

  Feb 03, 2019  19:32 (IST)

Police detains the CBI team which had reached the residence of Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar. The team has now been taken to a police station.

  Feb 03, 2019  19:31 (IST)

Police force of Bidhannagar police is present outside the CBI regional office at CGO Complex, Kolkata.

  Feb 03, 2019  19:31 (IST)

West Bengal Chief Minister to hold press conference shortly

First Published: Sunday, February 03, 2019 06:37 PM
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