CBI-Kolkata Police face-off: Supreme Court to hear agency’s plea tomorrow

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Supreme Court of India, File Photo

New Delhi, Feb 4: The Supreme Court posted the Central Bureau of Investigation plea for Tuesday which sought directions to Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar to cooperate with the probe in Saradha chit fund case.

A Bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi declined a petition by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta seeking an urgent hearing on Monday.

Describing the situation as “extraordinary”, Mehta said: “We fear evidence will be destroyed.”

In response, the CJI said: “We were late in reaching the court by a few minutes because we were reading your application… There’s no evidence of what you’re saying right now.

“If you show one proof they are tampering or even remotely thinking of it, we’ll come down so heavily that they will regret it.”

Meanwhile, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee continued her sit-in protest in Kolkata for the second day over the Central Bureau of Investigation’s attempt to question Kumar in connection with a ponzi scheme scam.

Following the face-off between CBI and Kolkata policemen outside city Police Commissioner’s official residence yesterday, the central agency decided to move the Apex Court, alleging the investigation in ponzi scam cases were being hindered and investigation officers were harassed.

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