MAMATA CONTINUES DHARNA AS ISSUE ROCKS PARLIAMENT; SUPREME COURT TO HEAR MATTER TOMORROW! - DeskO [Desk Opinion]

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Monday, February 4, 2019

MAMATA CONTINUES DHARNA AS ISSUE ROCKS PARLIAMENT; SUPREME COURT TO HEAR MATTER TOMORROW!


Even as West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee continued her dharna over CBI’s attempt to question city police chief Rajeev Kumar in chit fund cases, its ripple effect was felt in Parliament in New Delhi and the battle also moved to the Supreme Court, which will hear the matter on Tuesday.

A day after a CBI team that had gone to Kolkata to question Kumar in connection with chit fund scams was briefly detained, the probe agency wasted no time in moving the Supreme Court on Monday morning, seeking directions to West Bengal government to cooperate with the investigation and to make available the police commissioner for interrogation.

The CBI has alleged in its petition that Kumar, who headed the Special Investigation Team (SIT) that was formed by the state in April 2013 to probe the Saradha chit fund scam, destroyed electronic evidence related to the ponzi scam cases. The case was taken up by the CBI in 2014 on the Supreme Court’s orders.

Turning down the CBI’s petition for urgent hearing, the apex court bench, comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjeev Khanna, asked the agency to place all evidence before it through an affidavit while saying it would come down heavily on Kumar if he “even remotely” tried to destroy the evidence.

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