In a major setback to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the Supreme Court directed the Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar to cooperate with the CBI with regard to its investigation in the Sarada chit fund scam case. However, the court though made it clear that no coercive steps, including arrest, can be taken against him.
Meanwhile, it has directed the chief secretary of the state and the DGP to file their replies on or before February 18. This order was given by a bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi.
As a consolation, the Apex court said the interrogation by CBI will be at a neutral place, Shillong, thus avoiding West Bengal government’s headquarter Kolkata and CBI’s headquarter New Delhi.
Mamata Benarji, who is who is sitting on a dharna against CBI’s attempts to question Rajeev Kumar, said the court verdict is a “moral victory”. “Rajeev Kumar never said I will not be available. They (CBI) came to arrest. The court said no arrest,” she said.
The Mamata Banerjee government has been involved in showdown with the Centre after the CBI came to the Kolkata police chief’s doors on Sunday night to question him.