Kolkata: Bengal governor summons the chief secretary, home secretary and DGP to Raj Bhawan, senior state officials said on condition of anonymity. Top CBI officers in Kolkata had earlier sought an appointment with the governor.
Terming CBI’s action “politically vindictive” and attack on constitutional norms, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has staged dharna at Esplanade later on Sunday evening.
In a press conference from Metro Channel Dharna Mancha, Mamata Banerjee said that “I will take care of the issue if President Rule imposed in Bengal. Modi well aware of the fact that he would not return to the power. So turned frantic.”
In an unprecedented confrontation between the Narendra Modi-led Central and West Bengal governments, chief Minister Mamata Banerjee began a sit-in on Sunday here accusing the Centre of trying to run a parallel administration in states, saying there is a “constitutional break-down” after an ugly face-off between the CBI and the state police.
The showdown started after the federal probe agency’s officers showed up near the residence of Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar, who has been under the scanner in connection with the CBI probe into the ponzi scheme scam case.
On Saturday, CBI sources said they were “looking for” Kumar, a 1989 batch IPS officer, and even claimed that he might be arrested if he failed to respond to the CBI’s summons.
On Sunday, the evening drama began in front of Kumar’s official residence on Loudon Street as a group of CBI officers approached the house, but they were stopped by city police personnel, who also forcibly took five federal probe agency officers to a police station.