Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee sat on a ‘Save the Constitution’ dharna at Metro Channel on Sunday.
Banerjee launched the dharna protesting CBI’s move to question Kolkata Police chief Rajeev Kumar in connection with chit fund scam cases. Five CBI officials were detained.
The West Bengal CM, as quoted by ANI, said, “BJP is torturing Bengal. They are forcibly trying to destroy Bengal just because I did brigade rally. Yesterday you saw the language of PM where he threatened.”
“I still say Rajeev Kumar (Kolkata Police Commissioner) is the best in the world. I am proud to say that my responsibility is to give protection to the force. Without notice, you are coming to Kolkata Police Commissioner’s house. We could have arrested CBI but we left,” she added.
Mamata further said, “I will stand with my force. I respect them. I felt very sad today. This is the destruction of the federal structure.”
Meanwhile, security has been tightened in the area and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) units have been deployed at CBI regional office at CGO Complex.
On the other hand, the five CBI officials, who were detained have been released.
“We are contacting our senior law officers about the Kolkata incident. Whatever they suggest will be followed,” said Interim CBI chief M Nageshwar Rao to ANI.
“There is evidence against him (Rajeev Kumar), he has been instrumental in causing the destruction of this evidence and obstructing justice. We are investigating these chit fund cases as per the directions of the SC. An SIT has been constituted by the West Bengal government prior to Supre Court’s direction under the chairmanship of the current Kolkata police commissioner,” he added.