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Mamata, BJP claim moral victory as standoff ends

February 6, 2019

The Supreme Court has said that Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar cannot be arrested but he has to appear before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in Shillong and make available all the evidence into chit fund scams in Bengal.

Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee called the order a "victory of democracy".

Only the people and nobody is the big boss of this country. Only democracy is the big boss of this country. It is not my victory alone. It is a victory of the constitution, a victory of Save India. - Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee

The Kolkata police chief is at the centre of a major showdown between the CBI and Banerjee, who went on an indefinite protest sit-in after a CBI team landed at Kumar's doorstep to question him on "missing evidence" in the Saradha and Rose Valley chit fund cases. Several members of Banerjee's party Trinamool Congress have been arrested in the cases.

The CBI told the court that while Kumar investigated the case, he protected the guilty companies and there was a nexus between the police and the accused companies.

"The Special Investigation Team gave us doctored copies of call records," said the CBI's lawyer. The CBI wanted to question the police chief on missing documents, it said, but he had not responded to repeated summons over the past two years.

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