CBI vs Kolktata - Saradha Chit Fund Scam?


CBI vs Kolktata - Saradha Chit Fund Scam?

CBI vs Kolkata? : Saradha Chit fund scam.

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 CBI alleged that it has moved the application as an extraordinary situation has arisen in which the top police officials of the West Bengal Police are sitting on a dharna along with a political party in Kolkata.

The drama intensified near Kumar's residence around 7 pm, as three deputy commissioners of city police and some officers of the anti-rowdy section reached the spot.
The discussions between the city police officers and those from the CBI led to some scuffle, following which the local cops were seen bundling the probe agency men into three vehicles which headed for the Shakespeare police station.

The sources had even claimed that Kumar, a 1989 batch IPS officer, may be arrested in the case if he does not respond to the CBI's summons.
However, on Sunday, within a few minutes of the CBI officers' arrival, some senior Kolkata police officers rushed near the residence and were seen having animated discussions with the CBI team.
A little later, another CBI team reached the spot in another car, while some officers of the probe agency went to the Park Street police station, apparently carrying a letter.
Bardhan, after waiting outside Kumar's residence left for some unknown destination after some time, but said a categoric "no" when asked if they were retreating from the spot.
Meanwhile, a strong city police team was seen near the CBI's state headquarters at CGO Complex in the Salt Lake area.

In the wake of the face-off between the federal probe agency CBI and the West Bengal government on Sunday, the Supreme Court agrees to consider on Tuesday morning the CBI's plea for surrender of evidence and contempt against the local police.

The applications accusing Kolkata Police chief Rajeev Kumar of destroying evidence related to the case and him of indulging in contempt of court was mentioned by Solicitor General (SG) Tushar Mehta before a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjeev Khanna.
The bench declined the plea of the SG to hear the two applications on Monday in the post-lunch session.

It said during the interregnum it will be open for the solicitor general or any other party to lay before the court any material or evidence to show that any West Bengal authority or police official is planning or trying to destroy evidence related to the case.

The top court said all material or evidence has to be placed before it by means of affidavit.
At the outset, the SG said an "extraordinary situation has arisen making the CBI to move the application for apex court's intervention".
He alleged that on Sunday night CBI officers were taken into custody by the West Bengal Police when they had gone to the Kolkata police commissioner's office for evidence in connection with the probe in the Saradha scam.

The Commissioner of Police, Kolkata had not responded to the CBI's repeated summons to join the investigation and "when our team reached to his residence, they were arrested," solicitor general Mehta said.

Then the bench said the CBI officials are no longer under the arrest. To this, the SG replied that on a daily basis FIRs are being registered by the state police against the agency's officials.

The second application is about the contempt of court committed by the police commissioner as there was an apex court order to carry out the investigation into the case, Mehta said.
However, the bench said it will hear the matter on Tuesday morning after indicating that it was not going to hear the matter Monday.
The SG said It was a case of an "extraordinary situation as the police commissioner sitting on dharna with a political party."

The bench also said it has gone through the contempt petition and there is nothing in it and that's why the bench has sat five minutes late.

There was a high drama in front of Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar's official residence on Loudon Street on Sunday as a group CBI officers approached the house, but they were stopped by city police personnel, who also forcibly took the federal probe agency officers to a police station.

The Central Bureau of Investigation officers, led by its deputy superintendent Tathagata Bardhan, were spotted near Kumar's residence around evening, a day after sources in the federal probe agency said they were "looking for" him in connection with its probe into ponzi scheme scam case.

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