Kolkata: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, alongside Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu, ends her 'Save the Constitution' dharna on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. Photo: @ANI
Mamata vs CBI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar to appear before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the Sarada chit fund scam case and Rose Valley ponzi scheme. The apex court said that Kumar cannot be arrested and that no coercive action will be taken against him.
The court will take up the issue on February 20. Rajeev Kumar will appear before CBI in Shillong, Meghalaya, as a neutral place.
Mamata Banerjee claimed ‘moral victory’ after SC barred CBI from arresting Kumar.
Hours after the apex court's directive, Banerjee ended her sit-in protest -- "Save India, Save Democracy" -- which started after a showdown between the CBI and Kolkata Police on Sunday evening and had entered its third day on Tuesday.
Mamata Banerjee said she was ending the protest following a "favourable" Supreme Court order after consulting leaders of like-minded political parties. "I will not give up.... Modi hatao, desh bachao (oust Modi, save the country). The dharna is a victory of the people, of the country, of democracy. I will now take the fight to Delhi," she told a gathering of her supporters with TDP supremo and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu by her side. (Read more here)
It is worse than Emergency: Chandrababu Naidu
Asserting that Opposition parties will take the fight against the Modi government to a "logical conclusion", Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said their leaders will meet in the national capital on February 13-14 to chalk out an agitational programme. "Democracy is in danger. Everybody is under threat. If anybody raises his voice, you throw them in jail. Is it Emergency? It is worse than Emergency," he said.
Naidu said he, as a representative of 23 Opposition parties, and Banerjee spoke to NCP supremo Sharad Pawar, his Samajwadi Party counterpart Akhilesh Yadav, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah, Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy, his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal, DMK chief M K Stalin and former Union minister Sharad Yadav, and all favoured immediately calling off the dharna. "But the fight will not end here. We will fight in Delhi. We will take it to a logical conclusion," Naidu declared. (Read more here)
Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata: They (central government) want to control all the agencies, including the state agencies also. PM, you resign from Delhi and go back to Gujarat. One man government, one party government is there.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata: They (Central govt) want to control all the agencies including the state agencies also? PM you resign from Delhi and go back to Gujarat. One man govt, one party government is there. pic.twitter.com/RckwAR0uUE
Congress MP breaks party line, calls police commissioner 'Mamata's servant'
Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury: There is no democracy in Bengal. It's with the help of the ruling government that people were looted off in the chit fund scam. This police commissioner is Mamata's servant, he will do whatever she says.
Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Congress MP: There is no democracy in Bengal, it’s with the help of ruling govt that people were looted off in the Chit Fund Scam. This Police Commissioner is Mamata’s servant, he will do whatever she says. pic.twitter.com/OFeXXzsEgJ
Centre asks Bengal govt to initiate disciplinary proceedings against Kolkata Police chief
The Centre on Tuesday asked the West Bengal government to initiate disciplinary proceedings against the Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar for indiscipline and violation of service rules.
The Union Home Ministry, which is the cadre controlling authority of the Indian Police Service officers in the country, has asked the West Bengal Chief Secretary to initiate the process.
In a communication on Tuesday, the Home Ministry said that as per information received by it, Kumar sat in a dharna along with some police officers with Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee which is prima facie in contravention of the extant provisions of the All India Services (Conduct) rules, 1968, and All India Services (Discipline and Appeal) Rules, 1969.
Nothing more shameful for democracy than a CM sitting on dharna: Yogi
Yogi Adityanath in Purulia: Nothing can be more shameful for a democracy than a chief minister sitting on a dharna.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Purulia, West Bengal: Nothing can be more shameful for a democracy than a Chief Minister sitting on a dharna. pic.twitter.com/5HKFsKDbmx
Kolkata: Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu meets West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee at the stage where she has been sitting on 'Save the Constitution' dharna since February 3 over CBI issue.
Kolkata: Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu meets West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee at the stage where she has been sitting on 'Save the Constitution' dharna since February 3 over CBI issue. pic.twitter.com/JNZ6BpCuyJ
Yogi Adityanath on his way to Purulia: This (West Bengal) government is embroiled in undemocratic and unconstitutional activities and that is the reason why a 'sanyasi' and 'yogi' like me is not being allowed to step on the soil of Bengal.
UP CM Yogi Adityanath on his way to Purulia, WB from Bokaro, Jharkhand: This (West Bengal) government is embroiled in undemocratic and unconstitutional activities and that is the reason why a 'sanyasi' and 'yogi' like me is not being allowed to step on the soil of Bengal. pic.twitter.com/pgS64tqz2T
Jaitley slams opposition for backing Mamata, calls them 'Kleptocrat's Club'
Union Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday slammed opposition parties backing West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's ongoing sit-in protest against the Centre and called them the "Kleptocrat's Club" that "aspires to capture the reigns of India".
In a blog, Jaitley hit out at Banerjee, dubbing her act as a "disproportionate over reaction" aimed at projecting herself as a "nucleus" of opposition parties.
"Mamata Banerjee's disproportionate over-reaction to the CBI wanting to interrogate the Kolkata Police chief has flagged several issues for a public discourse. The most important being that a Kleptocrat's Club now aspires to capture the reigns of India," he said.
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee: I won't take names. We had got into an agreement with a helicopter company. We had done advance booking. The agreement was signed on January 15. It is sad that they informed us on February 1 that they will not provide us with the helicopters. They backed out.
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee: I won't take names, we had got into an agreement with a helicopter company. We had done advance booking, agreement was signed on Jan 15. It is sad that they informed us on Feb 1 that they will not provide us the helicopters, they backed out. pic.twitter.com/ihhcbMcper
Smriti Irani on SC order regarding CBI matter: With egg on her face, to celebrate it as a moral victory is a dichotomy that is only available in the realms of Mamata Banerjee's politics.
Union Minister Smriti Irani on Supreme Court order on West Bengal CBI matter: With egg on her face, to celebrate it as a moral victory is a dichotomy that is only available in the realms of Mamata Banerjee's politics. pic.twitter.com/eQ0vAO0iiW
Irani says WB in a state of lawlessness, calls Mamata anarchist
Union Minister Smriti Irani: There exists a state of lawlessness in West Bengal. The anarchist chief minister intervened in the process of collection of evidence by officers...
Union Minister Smriti Irani: There exists a state of lawlessness in WB, the anarchist CM intervened in the process of collection of evidence by officers, upon whose instructions officers were heckled, manhandled and detained, their families harassed, their homes surrounded. pic.twitter.com/nyVV7qHZcz
Assam: Youth Congress and National Students' Union of India (NSUI) protested outside CBI office in Guwahati over the ongoing CBI matter. Several protesters were later detained.
Assam: Youth Congress and National Students' Union of India (NSUI) protested outside CBI office in Guwahati over the ongoing CBI matter. Several protesters were later detained. pic.twitter.com/MI2g1SLwTf
Adityanath denied permission to land chopper in West Bengal yet again
Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath was denied permission yet again to land his chopper in West Bengal. He is now scheduled to touch down in Jharkhand's Bokaro and then travel to West Bengal's Purulia by road to address a public rally.
Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath was denied permission yet again to land his chopper in West Bengal and he is now scheduled to touch down in Jharkhand’s Bokaro and then travel to West Bengal’s Purulia by road to address a public rally
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik when asked if there has been any communication with Mamata Banerjee over CBI matter:
No one from TMC has been in contact with us for at least a year. Our party statement yesterday had to do with the events in our state. We would like CBI to do a professional and non-political job
Kejriwal says Modi is troubling Mamata
Delhi CM: Mamata Banerjee ko pareshan kar rahe hain Modi Ji, sabko pareshan kar rahe hain. Mere ghar pe inhone police ki raid karai thi, mere secretary ke upar raid karai thi, ab Mamata Ji pe raid kara rahe hai. Ye thik nahi hai, desh ki jantantra ke liye thik nahi hai. pic.twitter.com/vAJ1bWDwAk
After SC order, Arvind Kejriwal congratulated Mamata Banerjee
He tweeted: "Congratulations Didi for the success of ur struggle"
Former MP CM S S Chouhan slams Mamata
"Constitution permits all political parties to present their stand before the public. Who is Mamata Ji scared of? I have a rally in Berhampore tomorrow but I have been informed that the permission for my chopper's landing & rally's venue has not been given," says Chouhan
Mamata Banerjee slams Yogi Adityanath
Mamata asks Adityanath to take care of UP first. Says "So many people have been lynched/killed in the state, even police were murdered. He will lose if he contests elections. He doesn't have a place to stand in UP, that's why he is roaming around in Bengal"
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#WATCH WB CM Mamata Banerjee:Ask Yogi to take care of Uttar Pradesh first. So many ppl have been killed,even police were murdered,so many ppl were lynched,he himself will lose if he contests elections.He doesn’t have a place to stand in UP that’s why he's roaming around in Bengal pic.twitter.com/ijtBwTHdvX
Rajeev Kumar, a 1989-batch IPS officer of West Bengal cadre was heading a SIT on the Saradha and Rose Valley scams.
CBI said that Kumar needs to be questioned regarding missing documents and files but he had not responded to notices to appear before the agency. The agency claimed that Kumar had been "absconding" and "being looked for" in connection with Saradha and Rose Valley ponzi scam cases.
SC order blow to Mamata, victory for CBI, says BJP
The BJP projected SC order directing Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar to make himself available before the CBI as a blow to the Mamata Banerjee-led government in West Bengal and a moral victory for the investigating agency.
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'Mamata has put democracy in peril'
Uttar Pradesh Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya alleged that Mamata Banerjee had put democracy in peril in West Bengal and sought to know if Kolkata Police chief Rajeev Kumar was an office bearer of her party TMC.
"Someone occupying a constitutional post is violating the federal structure of the country. This certainly does not augur well for the democracy of the country," he said.
Will Mamata continue her dharna? Here's what she says
"Let me talk to my leaders, I don’t go alone. Today Chandrababu Naidu is also coming, I will consult other leaders also. I will also consult Naveen Patnaik Ji, then I will let you know," said Banerjee
Ravi Shankar Prasad questions Mamata, Opposition's silence
Ravi Shankar Prasad on Mamata-CBI tussle: "This order was given by SC to investigate the conspiracy angle and also money laundering angle. This investigation must be done in a fair manner. Let's not politicise it. This is a great moral victory for CBI"
Ravi Shankar prasad says:
Millions of small investors were cheated and looted off their money. Is it not our moral obligation for an investigation? Why is Mamata ji silent on this? Why are the other political parties silent on this?
Congress' Mallikarjun Kharge says: "The govt is settling scores with Opposition after interfering in autonomous bodies. We are fighting against those elements. It is not about an individual, an officer or a party, we are fighting against govt's attempt to discredit autonomous bodies"
The apex court also directed the West Bengal chief secretary, the director general of police (DGP) and the Kolkata Police commissioner to file replies on the contempt pleas filed against them by the CBI on or before February 18.
Mamata on SC order:
They wanted to arrest him. They went to his house, on a secret operation, on Sunday, without any notice. That court said ‘no arrest’. We are so obliged. It will strengthen the morale of the officers.
Nalin Kohli, senior lawyer & BJP leader: CJI bench ordered that Rajeev Kumar would make himself available in the light of prayer of the application of CBI to join the investigation, make himself available & cooperate fully. The SC pointed out that no coercive steps would be taken pic.twitter.com/KfpGYgxou4
No one is the big boss of this country, says Mamata
No one is the big boss of this country. Democracy is the big boss of this country. I am not pleading for Rajeev Kumar. I am pleading for millions of people of this country, says Mamata Banerjee
Lok Sabha adjourned till noon over CBI row
The proceedings of Lok Sabha were adjourned for nearly 45 minutes on Tuesday morning amid noisy protests by Trinamool Congress members over the CBI versus Kolkata Police issue.
A peeved Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said, "You do not have faith in CBI. You do not have faith in Supreme Court ... this is not done ... the case is being heard by the SC. Let Parliament do its function. Let all institutions perform their (respective) roles," she said while adjourning the proceedings till noon.
Rajeev Kumar never said he'll not be available. He said we want to meet at mutual place, says Mamata Banerjee
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on SC will direct the Police Commissioner, Kolkata to make himself available&fully cooperate: Rajeev Kumar never said he'll not be available. He said we want to meet at mutual place,if you want to ask for any clarification, you can come & we can sit pic.twitter.com/5gLZ4lBi2o
Mamata Banerjee on SC order that no coercive steps would be taken against Rajeev Kumar:
It’s a moral victory. We have great respect for judiciary and all institutions. We are so grateful and obliged.
Abhishek Manu Singhvi appearing for West Bengal govt says: "It's an attempt to humiliate & score point. What’s the great urgency? For 5 yrs there was no FIR. There is not a single FIR against Rajeev Kumar under 201 (Destruction of evidence) of the IPC."
Supreme Court issues notice to Commissioner Of Police Kolkata, DGP and West Bengal govt on contempt plea.
Rajeev Kumar will appear before CBI in Shillong, Meghalaya, as a neutral place.
Mamata claims ‘moral victory’
Mamata Banerjee claims ‘moral victory’ after SC bars CBI from arresting Rajeev Kumar
Next hearing on Feb 20
Yesterday, Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar had filed petition in Kolkata HC seeking interim relief.
Today, the apex court postponed the case as the matter between Kolkata Police and CBI is sub-judice in SC.
Attorney General KK Venugopal pleads before the Supreme Court to initiate contempt of court proceedings against the alleged contemnors.
Hearing in SC on West Bengal CBI matter: We will direct the Police Commissioner to make himself available and fully cooperate. We will deal with contempt petition later, observed CJI.
CBI files affidavit
CBI files affidavit in the Supreme Court alleging there are several incriminating material/correspondence that was collected during the investigation by the CBI against the senior police officials as well as senior politicians.
Mamata Banerjee did the right thing. She'll face court later but nobody should misuse ED, IT or any agency.Narendra Modi is creating anarchy. Can anybody raid your house?They have rights to work as per law.They didn't have any order or warrant, says Siddaramaiah
Centre misusing power, says Siddaramaiah
Congress' Siddaramaiah says, "With bad intention & by keeping election in mind, they (Centre) are misusing the power and conducted raid at Commissioner's house. Mamata Banerjee opposed it by saying this is part of political vendetta."
The ongoing stand-off between the CBI and the West Bengal government has its roots in two alleged ponzi scams associated with the Saradha Group and the Rose Valley Group, which got busted in 2013.
A bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi is set to hear CBI's plea today.
Naidu to meet Mamata today
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu will meet Mamata Banerjee today afternoon.
Here's what the Bengal drama is all about
A political crisis broke out in Kolkata on Sunday evening as Mamata Banerjee began a dharna accusing the Narendra Modi government of attempting a coup to destabilise her government.
The controversy was sparked after CBI, controlled by the Union government, attempted to question Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar in connection with the ponzi scheme scam case.
BJP, Amit Shah most corrupt: Chandrababu Naidu
The BJP and its president Amit Shah are most corrupt in India, Chandrababu Naidu alleged
Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu on West Bengal CM blocking BJP leaders for rallies
Nobody is blocking anybody. If you behave vulgarly, they have to retaliate. Even when they went to Andhra, they spoke as they like. Then, I have to attack and use the same language
Adityanath to address rally in Bengal's Purulia today
Amid the ongoing stand-off between CBI and Mamata Banerjee, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will be addressing a public in Purulia district of West Bengal today.
Kolkata: Latest #visuals from the site of West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee's 'Save the Constitution' dharna near Metro Channel. The stage is currently covered with curtains. The dharna over the CBI issue began on the night of February 3. pic.twitter.com/orN4Krt6sB
West Bengal: Actress and TMC's Indrani Halder meets Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at 'Save the Constitution' dharna in Kolkata. The CM has been on the dharna since the night of February 3. pic.twitter.com/ZTdoUwy50T
The Supreme Court Monday agreed to give an urgent hearing to applications moved by the CBI alleging destruction of electronic evidence related to the Saradha chit fund scam case by the Kolkata Police commissioner.
The top court will hear the probe agency's applications today
Good morning! As the Mamata-CBI stand-off stretches to third day, we bring you live updates on the ongoing tussle