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Mamata vs Centre: West Bengal CM holds dharna in Kolkata

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is holding an indefinite protest following the CBI's attempt to interrogate Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar

Mamata vs Centre: West Bengal CM holds dharna in Kolkata

The Supreme Court has issued notice to the West Bengal government on the CBI's petition alleging that its officers were mistreated by the Kolkata police. It has also directed Rajeev Kumar to appear before the CBI at a “neutral place” — in Shillong. (Express photo: Shashi Ghosh)

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Ashok Kumar Jana from Odisha came to Dharna Manch, Kolkata. (Express photo: Shashi Ghosh)

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The Supreme Court Tuesday heard CBI’s plea against Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar. (Express photo: Partha Paul)

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After two days of sit-in protests, Mamata Banerjee called off the dharna in Kolkata as SC granted Kolkata police chief Rajeev Kumar protection from arrest by the CBI. (Express photo: Shashi Ghosh)

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Claiming that the CBI’s actions resulted in a complete Constitutional breakdown, Mamata alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah were trying to “organise a coup” in the state. (Express photo: Partha Paul)

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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. (Express photo: Partha Paul)

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CM Mamata Banerjee with poet Joy Goswami and others at Dharna Mancha in Kolkata on Monday. (Express photo: Partha Paul)

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TMC Supporters near Dharna Mancha in Kolkata on Monday. (Express photo: Partha Paul)

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was sitting on a dharna since Sunday which eventually ended on Tuesday, hours after the apex court's verdict. On Monday she described her sit-in over the CBI's attempt to question Kolkata Police chief as a "non-political" protest. (Reuters)

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Leaders of various Opposition parties extended their support to the Bengal CM over the confrontation with the Centre, with Congress chief Rahul Gandhi calling it a “part of the unrelenting attack on India’s institutions by Mr Modi & the BJP”. (Express photo: Partha Paul)

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Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, TDP president and Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu, J&K National Conference leader Omar Abdullah and DMK leader M K Stalin were among others who expressed their solidarity with the TMC chief. (Express photo: Shashi Ghosh)

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After the showdown with the West Bengal police and CM Mamata Banerjee,the Centre moved Supreme Court seeking directions to the state government to cooperate with the investigation into the chit fund scams and make available the Kolkata Police Commissioner for questioning. (Express photo: Shashi Ghosh)

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