New Delhi: High drama ensued outside the residence of Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar after a scuffle broke out between a team of CBI and police officers on Sunday.
According to initial report, a team of the investigating agency arrived at Kumar’s residence in the evening as a part of their investigation in Rose Valley and Saradha Ponzi scams. However, they were stopped outside the IPS officer’s house, following which some CBI officers were forcefully taken to police station.
Amidst the ruckus, Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee is also on her way to the officer’s house.
The Rose Valley scam is worth over Rs 15,000 crore and Saradha scam is about Rs 2500 crore. In both cases, the perpetrators allegedly have links with the members of the ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal, officials said.
Central Bureau of Investigation officials, on the lookout for Kolkata police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar, tried to enter his south Kolkata residence on February 3, but were prevented by Kolkata police officials.
The CBI is on a lookout for Mr. Kumar in connection with chit fund related cases.
However, Kolkata police on February 3 refuted reports that the CBI is “looking for Mr. [Rajeev] Kumar [the Commissioner of Police]” while “he remains untraceable”.
In a statement on Twitter and Facebook, Kolkata Police noted that the organisation is condemning the news, describing the media reports as “baseless”.
Some of the news items also mentioned that Mr. Kumar was “not attending office for three days”, the KP message claimed. “Please take note that not only is the Commissioner of Police, Kolkata available in the city, but has also been attending office on a regular basis, with the exception of 31.01.19, when he was on leave for a day,” the Kolkata Police noted in its statement.
A senior Kolkata police officer, told the media on February 3 that they may initiate legal action for “spreading” the story, which defamed the Commissioner of Police.
“The story was circulated in the print, social and the electronic media. The story has no basis and totally mala fide. We feel, it was done with some intention…without fact. We will take strict legal action against those those who spread the story,” a senior Kolkata police official Jawed Samim said in a press conference in Kolkata. Mr. Samim appealed to media to refrain from circulating stories without verifying facts at a time when election is approaching.
The CBI arrived at Mr. Kumar’s residence soon after Mr. Samim’s statement.
Reacting to the development, Trinamool MP and the party’s national spokesperson Derek O’Brien asked whether “(the) BJP(was) planning a constitutional coup?”
Mr. Brien tweeted: “40 CBI officials surround Kolkata Police Commissioner’s home. Destruction of institutions goes on unabated. Our demand in #Parliament on Mon. Modi has to go. We are reaching out and sharing this with all Oppn parties who want to #SaveDemocracy”.