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Centre vs Mamata: CBI plea in SC on Tuesday

In Kolkata Monday, the Bengal government sought immediate hearing on the CBI attempt to question Kumar but the Calcutta HC declined to take it up and listed the matter for Tuesday.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: February 5, 2019 8:55:09 am
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar at a police event. (Express Photo: Shashi Ghosh)

The Supreme Court Tuesday will take up for hearing the CBI’s plea against Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar. The agency has alleged that Kumar is “destroying electronic evidence” in connection with the Saradha chit funds case and he should be directed to “immediately surrender/make himself available” for investigation.

In Kolkata Monday, the West Bengal government sought immediate hearing on the CBI attempt to question Kumar but the Calcutta High Court declined to take it up urgently following objection by the central government counsel and listed the matter for Tuesday.

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Centre vs West Bengal: Supreme Court to hear CBI's petition against Kolkata police chief Rajeev Kumar as Mamata continues dharna.

08:55 (IST)05 Feb 2019

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08:21 (IST)05 Feb 2019
Recap: CBI plea in the Supreme Court

The CBI approached the Supreme Court Monday saying it “apprehends” Kumar is “destroying electronic evidence” and he should be directed to “immediately surrender/make himself available” for investigation.

During the hearing, the bench led by CJI Ranjan Gogoi said it found "nothing" in the plea to substantiate apprehension about destruction of evidence. However, the CJI added, “if you (CBI) can lay down any material… forget that he (police commissioner) is doing, that he is even remotely thinking, we will come down so heavily on him that he will regret it”.

The matter will come up for hearing at 10.30 am this morning. Here's what went down in the Supreme Court on Monday.

08:18 (IST)05 Feb 2019
Centre vs West Bengal: What to watch out for today

As the drama between the Centre and West Bengal continues to unfold, here is what we're watching out for today.

* The Supreme Court will take up for hearing at 10.30 am the CBI's petition against Kolkata police chief Rajeev Kumar

* The Calcutta High Court will hear the West Bengal government's plea against the CBI's attempt to question Kumar.

* The HC had declined an urgent hearing MondayWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee continues to sit on dharna in Kolkata. She has alleged "misuse of police to take control of the police and all other institutions".

05:29 (IST)05 Feb 2019
SC to take up CBI plea today, Didi continues protest

A day after its move to question Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar on the chit funds scandal in West Bengal led to a standoff with the state government, the CBI approached the Supreme Court Monday, saying it “apprehends” Kumar is “destroying electronic evidence” and he should be directed to “immediately surrender/make himself available” for investigation. A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna fixed 10.30 am Tuesday to hear the plea and said it will be open to the parties to produce any evidence to substantiate the CBI fear that anyone in West Bengal, including police, are planning to destroy evidence in the case.  Read More Here

23:17 (IST)04 Feb 2019
Mamata Banerjee joined by Tejashwi and Kanimozhi at protest site

(Express Photo by Partha Paul)

21:10 (IST)04 Feb 2019
Mamata Banerjee: Dharna will continue till Friday

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav arrives at Mamata Banerjee's dharna venue, expresses solidarity and support. Mamata Banerjee says the dharna will continue till Friday.

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav and DMK leader Kanimozhi at the protest site in Kolkata. (Express photo by Partha Paul)

20:44 (IST)04 Feb 2019
Tejashwi Yadav, Kanimozhi arrive in Kolkata to meet Mamata

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav and DMK leader Kanimozhi arrive at Kolkata Airport to meet West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee. TMC spokesperson Derek O'Brien said 22 parties have extended their support to the protest against the Centre. "Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, TDP's N Chandrababu Naidu, RJD's Tejaswi Yadav, DMK's Kanimozhi have expressed their desire to join the protest and are going to Kolkata. Others like Samajwadi Party's leader Kiranmay Nanda have already visited the protest site," said Derek.

19:16 (IST)04 Feb 2019
CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat: CBI action and Mamata's dharna both 'politically motivated'

Even as the CBI-Bengal government imbroglio turned into another event to showcase Opposition unity against the Modi government ahead of the 2019 elections, the CPI(M) took a guarded approach. CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat said both the CBI's actions and Mamata Banerjee's dharna were "politically motivated". "CPI(M) has been demanding swift punishment to the guilty in the Saradha scam, but for so many years CBI under BJP was in slow motion. Now its actions are clearly politically motivated as is the 'drama dharna' of Mamata Banerjee," she said.

19:08 (IST)04 Feb 2019
Three-judge SC bench to hear CBI's petition tomorrow

A three-judge Supreme Court bench, comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice Sanjiv Khanna, will hear CBI’s petition on Tuesday against Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar and West Bengal government for alleged non-cooperation in a case connected with ponzi scam.

18:59 (IST)04 Feb 2019
Trinamool party workers take out protest rallies

Trinamool party workers on Monday took out protest rallies , blocked highways and rail tracks and burnt effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah in various parts of West Bengal. Senior Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders and ministers also joined the protests as party supporters carrying black flags and wearing black masks raised slogans against the BJP government while marching through the streets. The party's student wing activists staged rallies outside various colleges, reported PTI.

18:46 (IST)04 Feb 2019
CBI files contempt plea in SC

CBI has filed a contempt plea in the Supreme Court against West Bengal's chief secretary, director general of police and Kolkata Police commissioner for wilful and deliberate violation of apex court's orders.

18:25 (IST)04 Feb 2019
Assam Cong accuses CBI of not taking action against Himanta Sarma in Saradha scam

Amid the CBI-Bengal government tussle, Assam Congress on Monday accused the probe agency of not taking action against state Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma over his alleged involvement in the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam. "The CBI is yet to take any action against Sarma and investigations against him have stopped after he joined the BJP," PTI quoted Assam Pradesh Congress spokesman Pradyut Bordoloi as saying. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had alleged on Sunday that Sarma was involved with the chit fund scam while he was in Congress.

18:02 (IST)04 Feb 2019
Mamata Banerjee attends police event, praises state force

In the afternoon, Mamata Banerjee attended a West Bengal Police and Kolkata Police event beside the dharna spot. Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar was also present. Praising the state police force, Banerjee said the cops work in stressful conditions and should be given due respect. "A policeman who has worked for his entire life, if he is not given respect, we will not accept it. Whether its rain or thunder, our policemen perform their duty. Not easy to organise pujas at such a huge scale. Our policemen do it," Banerjee said at the event.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the police event. (Express photo by Shashi Ghosh)

17:48 (IST)04 Feb 2019
Mamata Banerjee: Ready to give my life but won't compromise

As Mamata Banerjee's dharna against CBI's bid to question Kolkata police chief in chit fund cases entered the second day, the West Bengal chief minister said she was ready to give her life but won't compromise. "I did not take to the streets when you touched TMC leaders. But I am angry when they tried to insult the chair of the Kolkata Police Commissioner, he is leading the organisation," ANI quoted Banerjee as saying. Her reaction comes after BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad asked why a CM was protesting for a police chief while she did nothing when her MPs and leaders like Madan Mitra, Sudip Bandhopadhyay, Kunal Ghosh and Tapas Pal were arrested.

17:34 (IST)04 Feb 2019
SP leader joins Mamata's dharna, says Modi, Shah are biggest scamsters

Even as Mamata Banerjee continued her dharna, which has now crossed 21 hours, Samajwadi Party national vice-president Kiranmoy Nanda joined her at the protest site near Esplanade in Kolkata. Asserting that the CBI's attempt to question Kolkata Police chief was a 'conspiracy' hatched by the BJP ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, Nanda said the saffron party was itself ridden with corruption. "The Supreme Court order (asking the CBI to probe the ponzi scam) came in 2014. Now it is 2019. The elections are around the corner... This is a conspiracy. The biggest scamsters are in the BJP -- Amit Shah, Narendra Modi," IANS quoted Nanda as saying.

17:17 (IST)04 Feb 2019
Kanimozhi lends support to Mamata Banerjee
17:11 (IST)04 Feb 2019
Meanwhile, former IPS officer Bharati Ghosh joins BJP
16:52 (IST)04 Feb 2019
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16:50 (IST)04 Feb 2019
Babul Supriyo demands President's rule in West Bengal

BJP MP from Asansol in West Bengal and Union Minister Babul Supriyo demanded imposition of President's rule in West Bengal as he slammed Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, accusing her of aligning with those indulging in corruption. Supriyo said Banerjee was doing a "drama" and creating a constitutional crisis to shield her "corrupt and tainted accomplices". "President's Rule should be imposed on West Bengal to control this 'Rogue' #TMchhi Govt under a corrupt CM Mamta Banerjee," he tweeted.

16:42 (IST)04 Feb 2019
Mamata Banerjee attends Kolkata Police award event with Rajeev Kumar

On dharna, West Bengal Chief Minister attended an event to give out awards to Kolkata Police personnel. Kolkata Police chief Rajeev Kumar, who is under CBI lens regarding missing documents and files of ponzi scam cases, was also in attendance at the event.

West Bengal vs Mamata: CBI case against Kolkata police chief Rajeev Kumar in Supreme Court today West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee with Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar (Express Photo: Partha Paul)

A series of events on Sunday led to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's indefinite dharna in Kolkata. A CBI team landed up at Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar's residence on Sunday evening in connection with the Saradha and Rose Valley chit fund scams. However, some members of the team were taken into custody by the Kolkata Police, following a scuffle.

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