In a major development in the CBI vs Kolkata Police face-off, Republic Bharat has accessed super exclusive a set of letters proving that the Central Bureau Investigation had informed the Kolkata Police about the secret operation on police commissioner Rajeev Kumar. However, on Sunday, Mamata Banerjee had claimed that the West Bengal police was not informed by the CBI about the investigation.
Even as Mamata Banerjee continues her dharna following the dramatic CBI versus Kolkata Police face-off, another letter accessed by Republic Bharat revealed that it was the CVC that had urged the CBI to act against those accused in the Saradha scam.
In the most recent letter dated Feb 3, 2019 - the day that the CBI team arrived at the Kolkata CP's residence - the agency had written to the Kolkata police to cooperate in the 'secret operation' at the residence of Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar, which was conducted on late Sunday night. In the letter, the CBI had also sought 'adequate security' from the police to conduct the investigation.
In the second, third and fourth letters dated November 30, 2018, the CBI had written to the Kolkata Police inlcuding the Superintendent of Police to cooperate in the investigation being carried in the Ponzi scam case.
In the fifth letter dated October 10, 2017 by the Central Vigilance Commission, the director of CVC had sent a complaint to the Kolkata police against 'police officials who distorted the Saaradha Probe planfully'.
On Sunday, the CBI officers arrived at the residence of Kolkata CP Rajeev Kumar, in connection with the probe into a Ponzi scam case. They wanted to question Rajeev Kumar over alleged destruction of evidences in the Ponzi schemes, but the CBI officials who turned up at Kumar's house were detained and taken to a local police station by the Kolkata police. Amid the furore between Kolkata police and CBI, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and the West Bengal police claimed that the CBI failed to submit any evidence or search warrant in the matter which is why they were been detained. The five CBI officers were later released, while Didi termed the actions of the CBI “unconstitutional” and "undemocratic".
Hours after this stand-off, Mamata Banerjee sat on an indefinite dharna, which entered in its day two on Monday, in order to protect her officers. Many Opposition leaders have extended their support the TMC chief.
The latest development in the matter, the CBI has moved a contempt petition against West Bengal chief secretary Malay De, DGP Virendra Kumar and Commissioner of Police Rajeev Kumar in the Supreme Court.