West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as well as the Bharatiya Janata Party have claimed moral victory after the Supreme Court today ruled out any coercive action against Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar, but asked him to appear before the Central Bureau of Investigation in connection with probe in Saradha and Rose Valley chit fund scams before February 20. While Mamata thanked the Supreme Court for refraining the CBI from arresting Kumar, the BJP said that the top cop will have to join the probe as per the top court’s directive. The court has also issued contempt of court notices to the state government as well as Kumar. In its order, the top court ruled out the official’s arrest till February 20.

Banerjee who is sitting on a dharna protesting against Centre’s alleged interference in public institutions claimed a moral victory in the ruling. Addressing the media, she said that Kumar never said that he won’t cooperate with the investigation and that the top cop will appear before the CBI office in Shillong. In an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court earlier today, the CBI alleged connivance on part of the SIT that probed the chit fund scams to protect companies that contributed heavily to the ruling Trinamool Congress. “Investigation was being done by SIT and crucial evidence such as laptops, mobile phones etc were handed over to the main accused in Saradha scam case by the investigating officer of WB police working under direct supervision of Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar,” it said.

As Reported.

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