Supreme Court to hear CBI plea against Kolkata top cop tomorrow


The Supreme Court on Monday said it will hear tomorrow the CBI plea against the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal on non-cooperation with the federal agency to probe into the state’s chit fun scams, which require the quizzing of Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar, media reports said.

CJI Ranjan Gogoi has said the Supreme Court will hear the matter on Tuesday, 5 February after the CBI approached the apex court seeking directions to Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar to cooperate with the investigation in Saradha chit fund case.

The top court asked CBI to bring proof against Kumar after Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for CBI said that the Kolkata Police Commissioner was destroying evidence in Saradha case.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee sat on an overnight ‘Save the Constitution’ dharna at Kolkata’s Metro channel late from Sunday, 3 February, along with Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar as the state plunged into an unprecedented crisis.

This came after a CBI team came to the Kolkata police chief’s residence to question him in connection with ponzi scam cases, but was detained by the state police. The team was later released.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi and several other Opposition leaders on Sunday extended their full support to Mamata.