Hailing the Supreme Court verdict in the Central Bureau of Investigation versus Kolkata Police commissioner, Union Minister Prakash Javdekar has said the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee hampered the investigation agency’s probe as she actually wanted to save herself.
What is Banerjee scared of, the BJP questioned on Wednesday, as it clashed with the Bengal Chief Minister, who had launched a sit-in protest over an investigation into two chit fund scams allegedly involving members of her Trinamool Congress party.
The confrontation between the BJP and Bengal’s ruling party flared up on Sunday after a CBI team that wanted to question Kolkata police chief Rajeev Kumar was taken to a police station and detained for hours before they were released.
“Is Mamata Banerjee trying to protect herself? Why is she running way from the inquiry,” asked Javadekar.
When the CBI officials were denied entry into the top cop’s residence to arrest the Kolkata commissioner, the full-blown face off between the TMC supremo and the centre erupted. To the extent that Banerjee went on a dharna, protesting the action taken against the Kolkata commissioner.
A furious Mamata Banerjee had accused the centre of sending CBI officers after “one of the best officers in the world, someone who’s integrity, bravery and honesty are unquestioned”.
Rajeev Kumar had headed a special probe into the Saradha and Rose Valley chit fund scams in which thousands of small investors were cheated of their money.
The CBI says that he had ignored multiple summons over the past two years and that the agency wanted to ask him about missing evidence.
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“Is it to hide evidence, the chit fund scamster in his testimony said there is one red diary. There is a diary and a pendrive,” Javadekar said. Those are missing, says the government, as a witness talked about turning them over but the police never included them on the evidence list.
Javadekar also hit back saying, “The constitutional mechanism had clearly failed..