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SC bars CBI from arresting Kolkata top cop, Mamata ends dharna

Banerjee sat on a "Save India" dharna in front of Metro Cinema in the heart of Kolkata on Sunday night

Tuesday February 5, 2019 11:25 PM, ummid.com News Network

CBI vs Kolkata Police

New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India Tuesday directed Rajeev Kumar to make himself available before the CBI and "faithfully" cooperate with the agency in investigation of cases arising out of the Saradha chit fund scam probe.

At the same time, the court said no coercive steps, including the arrest of the Kolkata Police chief, will take place during the course of investigation.

Following the SC verdict, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee ended her protest. Talking to reporters at the dharna venue in central Kolkata she said the Supreme Court's order is a victory of the common man, democracy and the Constitution.

"There must be some story behind this. Nobody can dare to speak against (Prime Minister Narendra Modi) Modi. Our's is a mass agitation and we are going to fight it unitedly," she said.

Banerjee sat on a "Save India" dharna in front of Metro Cinema in the heart of Kolkata on Sunday night insisting that the latest CBI action was tantamount to stifling the spirit of "Constitution and federalism" in the country.

"We always respect the law and feel that things should run as per the law. But, if someone tries to destroy the pillars on which democracy stands, then there would be nothing left of the democratic process that we are so proud of. We really welcome the [Supreme Court] verdict. It is absolutely correct. Our case is very strong. We never said we will not cooperate. This is political vendetta," Banerjee said.

Banerjee sat on the dharna after a stand-off between a CBI team and Kolkata Police Commissionser Rajeev Kumar.

According to reports, the CBI team wanted to quiz Rajeev Kumar in connections with two ponzi schemes. However, as soon as the CBI team reached Kumar's residence, it was detained by Kolkata police and taken to a nearby police station. The CBI team was later "released". It later took the matter to the Supreme Court.

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