CBI Vs Cops: Oppn Rallies Behind Mamata

Several Opposition parties on Monday extended support to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee after an unprecedented tussle took place between the state police and CBI officials in Kolkata, and hit out at the BJP for meddling with central agencies.

Amidst high political drama in West Bengal, Banerjee is sitting on her ‘Save the Constitution’ dharna at Metro Channel in Kolkata since Sunday night, in protest against the CBI move to arrest the Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar from his residence. The team was not allowed and the police, in turn, detained the officials in a high voltage drama.

Kumar, a 1989-batch IPS officer of West Bengal cadre was heading a SIT on the Saradha and Rose Valley scams. The CBI wanted the top officer to hand over the seizure list made during his probe, sources said.

Reportedly, the top cop was to be questioned regarding missing documents and files but was not responding to notices to appear before the agency.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, while terming Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah as a “dangerous partnership” for the country, said that the incident was dangerous and is against the Constitution and democracy.

“Whatever central government did in West Bengal is very dangerous and is against the Constitution and democracy. Every state has an elected government. If the Prime Minister sends CBI and ED like this and try to scare the officers then this country will not be safe,” Kejriwal told ANI.

He claimed that the BJP government was interested in targetting the Opposition through central agencies and contended that he had 33 cases registered against him.

“Four years ago in Delhi, paramilitary force was sent by the Modi government and raided the ACB,” Kejriwal added.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi also extended his support to the TMC supremo, stating that the events in West Bengal were happening because of the “unrelenting” attack on India’s institutions by Prime Minister Modi and the BJP.

DMK chief MK Stalin called Banerjee and congratulated her for staging the dharna, saying that the party will extend support in her “fight against democracy”. In response, the West Bengal Chief Minister thanked Stalin for his support.

Echoing similar sentiments, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee working president Eshwar Khandre lambasted at the BJP for losing their “mental stability” and slammed them for giving “different statements” in an attempt to form a government in the state.

“BJP has lost its mental stability and that is the reason they are giving different statements about forming a government in Karnataka. We ran the government for five years. BJP is daydreaming,” Khandre told reporters in Bengaluru.

Former prime minister and Janata Dal (Secular) (JD-S) supremo HD Deve Gowda said that the mega-showdown in Kolkata between the police and the CBI was a “misuse” of the central investigative agency and termed the development as much worse than the Emergency period.



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