New Delhi, News24 Bureau, Feb 4: As the dharna of West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee enters the second day there is a lot of repercussions from across the country and especially in the national capital.
Hearing the CBI plea in the SC, the Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi says, "If Kolkata Police Commissioner even remotely thinks of destroying evidence, bring the material before this Court. We will come down so heavily on him that he will regret."The Supreme Court to hear at 10:30 am tomorrow, the CBI's plea seeking directions to the Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar to cooperate with the investigation in the Saradha chit fund case.Solicitor General Tushar Mehta representing CBI submits before the Supreme Court: 'Our team was arrested and kept in alleged custody. Kolkata Police Commissioner should immediately surrender." Here are the LIVE updates:
- Karnataka CM on CBI issue: This isn't a good development. I think central govt must behave properly&take confidence of state govts. Central govt is misusing constitutional institutions. It's not good for future. How central govt is behaving with opposition leaders is disastrous.
-Former J&K CM M Mufti: Manner in which constitutional institutions in this country, like CBI, are being misused to settle scores with opponents is unfortunate...We stand with Mamata ji. If institutions continue being discredited like this federal structure will be fractured.
-Bihar CM Nitish Kumar on CBI action in West Bengal:These things can only be explained by people who are doing it. I don’t react to such things.CBI&the govt in question will explain. Until the Election Commission announces the date of elections, anything can happen in the country.The Solicitor general also alleged that senior policemen in uniform sat on dharna with political leaders at Kolkata last night.
-Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal: Whatever central govt did in West Bengal is very dangerous, against constitution & democracy...Every state has an elected govt, if PM sends CBI & ED like this & try to scare the officers then this country will not be safe
The hearing comes after the CBI moved the Supreme Court seeking directions to Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar to cooperate with the investigation in Saradha chit fund case.The CBI in its petition says Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar was summoned multiple times but failed to cooperate and created hurdles in the investigation.Meanwhile, Home Minister Rajnath Singh called up Governor of West Bengal Keshari Nath Tripathi to be apprised of the facts of the "unfortunate and unprecedented situation of officers of a Central Investigating Agency being manhandled, detained, intimidated and obstructed".