Dharna Continues On Day 3, SC To Hear CBI Plea On Tuesday


Kolkata: The standoff between West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and the CBI has entered Day 3. Mamata Banerjee is sitting on a dharna against the CBI’s investigation of Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar in the Saradha and Rose Valley chit fund scam. She has called the sit-in necessary to save the Constitution and the country.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court will today hear a CBI plea filed by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta in the case. Mehta has alleged that the Kolkata Police will “destroy evidence” related to the chit fund scam. However, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said there is no proof for the allegations as of now. “If you show one proof they are tampering or even remotely thinking of it, we’ll come down so heavily that they will regret it,” said CJI Ranjan Gogoi.

West Bengal government moved the Calcutta High Court against the CBI’s attempt to question Rajeev Kumar at his residence despite a stay order from the court. The Calcutta HC will hear the case today.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Monday said that her dharna against the CBI’s attempt to grill the Kolkata Police chief in the chit fund scam cases will continue till Friday in view of the upcoming boards examinations.

Banerjee is sitting on a dharna at the Metro Channel in Esplanade area in the heart of the city, the same spot she had sat on a 26-day fast in 2006 against the acquisition of farmland at Singur for the Tata Motors factory.

She has termed her dharna as “satyagraha” against the CBI and the Centre, which she said was attempting a “coup” in Bengal. “This demonstration will continue till February 8. Because the boards examinations will be starting soon and we will not be playing the loudspeakers,” she said.

Earlier in the day, Banerjee had said she would continue her “satyagraha” till the country and its Constitution are “saved”.