New Delhi | The Supreme Court today ordered the Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar to appear before the CBI in the investigation related to the Shardha chit fund case.
CJI Ranjan Gogoi acting on the plea by the Central Bureau of Investigation observed said,” We will direct the Police Commissioner (Rajeev Kumar) to make himself available and fully cooperate in the investigation. However, the court further said that no coercive action will be taken against Kumar.
The Apex court will take up the contempt of court plea of February 20. The Police Commissioner of Kolkata Rajeev Kumar will now appear before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in Shillong, Meghalaya as a neutral place.
The CBI had earlier filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court claiming that the investigation was being done by SIT and that crucial evidence such as laptops, mobile phones, etc. were handed over to the main accused in Saradha scam case by the investigating officer of West Bengal Police working under direct supervision of Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar.
Appearing for the West Bengal government lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi told the CJI bench that the investigation by CBI is an attempt to harass and humiliate Rajeev Kumar. There is no fir against Kumar. He received three notices in the last four years. After July 23, 2018, he was sent a notice only on December 4, 2018.
The Supreme Court has meanwhile issued an notice to Kolkata Police Commissioner, the DGP and the West Bengal government on contempt plea and said that it will take the contempt of court plea of February 20.
Reacting on the judgement West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee termed it as an moral victory. Speaking to reporters she said, “We really welcome the Supreme Court’s verdict. It is absolutely correct. Our case is very strong. We never said we will not cooperate. This is political vendetta.” Attacking the Union government she said,” 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.”