Both TMC & BJP Claim ‘Moral Win’ After SC Order On Rajeev Kumar In Chit Fund Case

| February 5 , 2019 , 14:26 IST

After Supreme Courts judgment on Kolkata police chief Rajeev Kumar today that he would not be arrested and will have to appear on February 20 before the investigating agency in Shillong in Meghalaya, submit all evidence and cooperate with the probe into chit fund scams in Bengal both Mamata Banerjee and BJP claimed it a "moral victory".

On one hand Senior BJP leader and Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad welcomed the order saying it’s a blow to the Mamata Banerjee government and a victory for the CBI. It also showed that nobody is above the law, including the police commissioner.

The Kolkata police commissioner would appear before the CBI in Shillong as the environment is not conducive in West Bengal, Prasad said.

On the other hand, "Only the people and nobody is the big boss of this country... Only democracy is the big boss of this country," Mamata Banerjee told reporters from the site where she has been protesting since Sunday. She added: "It is not my victory alone. It is a victory of the constitution, a victory of Save India."

The BJP projected the apex court order directing Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar to make himself available before the CBI as a blow to the Mamata Banerjee-led government in West Bengal and thus a moral victory for the investigating agency. 

Trinamool government in West Bengal projected that the court's order as a vindication of its stand.As Mamata said that they had never said they won't cooperate with the CBI, but her opposition was to the manner in which CBI swooped down on Kumar's residence. She said that the court ordering that no coercive action can be taken against Kumar was a vindication of her stance.

The CBI told the Supreme Court that it believed the Kolkata police chief, who led a Special Investigation Team into the Saradha and Rose Valley chit fund scams allegedly involving members of Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress, had "doctored evidence" and shielded the accused.

The CBI went to the Supreme Court on Monday, after the CBI team that arrived at Rajeev Kumar's Kolkata home was blocked by the police, bundled into buses and detained.

Shortly after, a furious Mamata Banerjee launched an indefinite sit-in to protest against the move against her police chief, calling it a "constitutional breakdown"

Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Aam Aadmi Party's Arvind Kejriwal, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, BSP leader Mayawati and RJD's Tejashwi Yadav were among the leaders who have pledged support to the Bengal chief minister.

But Congress's Bengal leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary has contradicted his own party boss Rahul Gandhi by criticising Mamata Banerjee and urging the CBI to crack down on her. "I don't care... it is their internal issue. What happens in states is different," Mamata Banerjee said, responding to questions.