Mamata Banerjee ends her dharna with Chandrababu Naidu by her side, seven-and-a-half hours after Supreme Court directed her cop to appear before CBI.
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik when asked if there has been any communication with WB CM over CBI matter:
Ravi Shankar Prasad addresses a press conference after Supreme Court orders Kolkata Police commissioner to appear before CBI officials:
The police officer has to appear in Shillong. Supreme Court order has clearly stated that he will now have to appear before CBI in Shillong. The Supreme Court has given a notice to contempt of court. The big question is why was the Rajeev Kumar not helping in the probe for the last 3 years. Why were they not appearing before the CBI? Why is Mamata Ji Silent on this? Why are the other parties silent on this? Today is a moral victory for CBI. Now, the investigation should be done is a fair manner.
BJP's Spokesperson Sambit Patra on #CBIWinsMamataLoses:
Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury: we need to ask Mamata Banerjee that why is Rajeev Kumar so important for her? There have been her leaders accused in the case. Why so much for Rajeev Kumar? I still feel Mamata is not right. I have seen it as a local how the people were looted. I have seen everything. Mamata Ji should sit on dharna for the people who lost their money.
We are fighting for the institutions. We are not fighting for any individual: Mallikarjun Kharge with the first Congress reaction to Mamata's Saradha cop being directed to appear before the CBI
Mamata Banerjee on Dharna: It's a big cause, it's about the constitution. It's not a political dharna. All political parties are supporting us. I will talk to everyone and then decide whether to continue this dharna or not.
I am not against CBI officers, we respect them. However, they should not listen to any political party and they should work independently: Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal Chief MInister
We arrested Sudipto Sen, the main accused in Saradha scam. They filed contempt of court against us, Supreme Court has rejected it. Rajeev wanted to speak and also wrote letters to CBI before. Supreme Court says Rajeev can't be arrested. Thanks to the judiciary. It's nothing but political vendetta: Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal Chief Minister
I not fighting for only Rajeev Kumar, I am fighting for the very people of this country. Let me talk to my leaders. I don't go alone. Chandrababu Naidu is coming today. We will consult with them and then I will decide: Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal Chief Minister
Supreme Court is hearing the case. You don't trust CBI nor the Supreme Court. Your job is to go back and let parliament work. One editor was also arrested from Kolkata. Not saying he's good or bad, just calling someone and arresting them. This is not done. It's a larger conspiracy. Nobody is the big boss of this country. Only democracy is the big boss in this country: Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal Chief Minister
We welcome the Supreme Court's verdict. Supreme Court says no arrest. we are so grateful. Rajeev already has written five letters to CBI sating he is available. We never said we are not available: Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal Chief Minister
Supreme Court clarifies Rajeev Kumar cannot be arrested.
Abhishek Manu Singhvi objects to issuance of notice in the contempt proceedings.
Argues that the entire episode has been perpetuated to harass Rajeev Kumar and the government.
CJI Gogoi to Attorney General:
Going by your prayers, we don't think there should be any problem in asking Rajeev Kumar to make available himself before CBI.
We have also filed Contempt.
We will see. We have to see whether the court order is violated, if yes then notice will be issued.
Attorney General mentions the second prayer of contempt of court. CJI inclined to ask Rajeev Kumar to make himself available to CBI.
CBI seeks permission to file a sealed cover report to the Supreme Court
Attorney General states the following in Supreme Court:
Incomplete call data records were provided to CBI. Many documents recovered weren't sent to forensic examination. Incomplete details handed over to the CBI.
Hearing on CBI's plea begins in Supreme Court, Calcutta High Court will hear West Bengal government's plea against the CBI on Thursday.
Hearing begins. Justice Ranjan Gogoi to head the three-Judge bench.
Latest from Courtroom: Even as Mamata Banerjee continues Dharna, the three-judge bench assembles to hear CBI plea
CBI claims investigation underway regarding:
SIT used to shield the selective companies such as Shardha, M/s Rose Valley and Tower Group which have given huge contributions (even by way of cheques) to the party in power in the State of West Bengal.
Republic scoops the exclusive details of CBI affidavit that will be filed today before the Supreme Court.
CBI to state that the SIT was shielding companies that gave a campaign contribution to TMC.
The Supreme Court will hear CBI’s plea alleging destruction of evidence related to the Saradha chit fund scam case by the Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar on Tuesday. On Monday, while agreeing to give an urgent hearing to CBI’s plea the top court clearly stated that it will come down heavily on him if he “even remotely” tried to destroy evidence.
The plea of CBI seeking initiation of contempt of court proceedings against West Bengal Chief Secretary Malay Kumar De, DGP of West Bengal Virendra and Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar said that CBI has been conducting investigation as per the apex court’s order and CBI has found substantial evidence against Kolkata Police Commissioner, for which it sent summons to him.
The plea says 'summons were not responded to properly by the Police Commissioner' and he was found to be destroying evidence pertaining to the case. The non-cooperation of Rajeev Kumar was brought to the notice of DGP West Bengal, however, neither the DGP nor Police Commissioner cooperated.
The applications accusing Kolkata Police chief Rajeev Kumar of destroying evidence related to the case and indulging in contempt of court were mentioned by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta before a Bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjeev Khanna.
The probe agency’s applications also stated that an extraordinary situation has arisen in which top police officials of the West Bengal Police are sitting in a dharna along with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Earlier on Saturday night, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee launched a dharna in the heart of Kolkata to protest the move of the CBI to question Kolkata Police commissioner Rajeev Kumar as she accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah of plotting a ‘coup’. She said her struggle will continue till “the situation is resolved.” Her comments came as she visited the police commissioner’s residence after a CBI team which showed up to quiz the Kolkata Police chief was detained by the local police.