The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed Kolkata Police chief to appear before the CBI and “faithfully” cooperate in the probe into the Saradha chit fund scam.
The court directed that Kumar will appear before the CBI for investigation in Shillong, capital of Meghalaya and no coercive steps, including his arrest, will take place during the course of the probe.
The directive was interpreted as West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the Centre ‘moral victory’ in their own respective sense.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad described the apex court’s verdict as a moral victory for the CBI.
He also asked opposition not to politicise the issue. From Kolkata’s sit-in-protest stage, Banerjee said, “We respect the law of land. Court has said that there will be no arrest. We have respect for everyone. It is our moral victory.”
Meanwhile in Tuesday’s hearing, the Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and comprising Justice Dipak Gupta and Justice Sanjiv Khanna issued a notice to Kolkata police chief Rajeev Kumar, seeking his response before February 20, the next date of hearing on the allegation by the CBI that he was tampering with electronic evidence and that the SIT headed by him provided the agency with doctored materials.
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The court also directed the Chief Secretary of West Bengal, DGP of the state and Rajeev Kumar to file replies on contempt pleas filed by CBI against them on or before February 18.