After a massive standoff between CBI and Kolkata police, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday called off her dharna, which she had started on Sunday night after the CBI's attempt to arrest Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar. Ending her three-day dharna, she said she will take her fight against the central government to Delhi next week.
Addressing a gathering in Kolkata, Mamata Banerjee said: "This dharna (Save the Constitution) is a victory for the Constitution and democracy, So, let us end it today. When we started this dharna, we consulted all the political parties and after that they extended their full support."
Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who was present by her side on the occasion, also said, "We will not stop here, we will continue it till they stop this harassment. NDA government wants to divide India, we want to unite India." Bihar’s Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav had also joined her on stage.
Meanwhile, in a massive blow to the Mamata Banerjee government, the Supreme Court on Tuesday gave a go-ahead to the investigation agency to probe the Commissioner of Kolkata Police Rajeev Kumar.
The three-judge bench comprising of CJI Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice Sanjeev Khanna ruled out that Rajeev Kumar should make himself available in front of the CBI for investigation, though, the investigative agency cannot arrest him at the present moment.
Further, the apex court also said that the meeting between the Kolkata CP and CBI will take place in Shillong before issuing notices to West Bengal Chief Secretary, the DGP, and Rajeev Kumar in relation to the contempt of court plea by the Attorney General KK Venugopal, who was representing the CBI.
Taking a major U-turn, the TMC supremo, who has been in support of Rajeev Kumar, welcomed the SC's decision to not allow CBI to arrest the Kolkata Commissioner of Police.
"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. 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," she said.