West Bengal Chief Secretary Malay K De, DGP Virendra Kumar and Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar filed affidavits in contempt petition moved by the CBI in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam case, tendering an unconditional apology for alleged disobedience of the apex court.
The officials told the court in the affidavits that at no point of time they obstructed investigation nor any official denied cooperation to CBI. However, the police commissioner said that the CBI forcibly tried to enter his house without valid papers on February 3. His claims were supported by the DGP.
A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had said that after perusing the affidavits, a decision will be taken whether they would require to make a personal appearance before it on February 20. It said the Secretary-General of the apex court will inform the trio on Feb 19 whether they are required to be present on February 20.
The CBI had moved the Supreme Court after its officials were thwarted by the Kolkata Police when they had gone to Kumar’s official residence to question him on February 3. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had rushed to the spot and staged a three-day ‘Save the Constitution’ sit-in against the CBI move, accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP national president Amit Shah of plotting a “coup”.
The Supreme Court had directed Kumar on Tuesday to appear before the CBI and “faithfully” cooperate in the investigation of cases arising out of the Saradha chit fund scam. THE CBI’s push to question Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar is aimed at locating “crucial evidence” linked to the “larger conspiracy” behind the chit fund scams that the agency is probing, a senior officer claimed. “Crucial evidence was not handed over. It was either destroyed… We want to take the investigation further. We are looking into the larger conspiracy connected to the chit fund scams,” said Pankaj Srivastav, CBI Joint Director in Kolkata.