The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the CBI to not take any coercive measure against or arrest Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar. The court also fixed 20 February as the next date for hearing.
This was after Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi heard the CBI’s petition against Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar, who the federal investigating body had attempted to arrest on Sunday unsuccessfully. The CBI’s attempts to arrest Kumar had led to a huge showdown between the Narendra Modi government and the state government headed by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
On Monday, the CBI lawyer had informed the Supreme Court alleging destruction of evidence by Kumar, who was heading an SIT probing the chit fund scam. Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi had said that he will act tough if charges against Kumar for destruction of evidence were true.
Senior advocate Abhishek Singhvi represented the Bengal government today.
Here are the highlights of today’s hearing:
- 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. But what they started doing? 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.
- It’s a moral victory. We have great respect for judiciary and all institutions. We are so grateful. We’re so obliged: Mamata Banerjee on SC order (ANI)
- Next date of hearing fixed for 20 February
- SC directs Rajeev Kumar to appear before CBI at a neutral place near Shillong
- Supreme Court directs CBI to not take any coercive step against or arrest Rajeev Kumar
- SC issues notice to Chief Secretary,WB, DGP and CP to file reply on or before 18 February.
- We will issue notice in contempt petition: CJI (Livelaw website)
- “It’s an attempt to humiliate and score point. What’s the great urgency? For 5 years there was no FIR. There is not a single FIR against Rajeev Kumar under 201 (Destruction of evidence) of the IPC: Abhishek Singhvi (ANI)
- CJI Gogoi says, “We will direct Kolkata Police Commissioner to co-operate with the investigation.”
- Stating that there is a total breakdown of constitutional machinery, the AG also submits a second petition on contempt of court.
- AG Tushar Mehta told the SC that the West Bengal SIT handed over the incomplete date to CBI.