Kolkata police chief “potential accused” according to CBI; SC wants proof

Appearing for West Bengal government, senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi told the Supreme Court that it is a witch hunt by the CBI as the Kolkata police chief is a witness and not an accused in the case

CBI told the Supreme Court today that the Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar is a “potential accused” in the investigation into chit fund scams in Bengal.

“There are some extraordinary circumstances. The CBI Joint Director was held hostage at CBI office yesterday. We apprehend that electronic evidence might be destroyed,” the centre’s lawyer Tushar Mehta, Solicitor General of India, told the Supreme Court a morning after Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee launched her protest over CBI officers trying to question her police chief.

Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said there is “no evidence that Kolkata police is destroying evidence” and added: “Lay down evidence and we will come down so heavily that he will regret it.”

The Supreme Court will take up the petition tomorrow.

Appearing for West Bengal government, senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi told the Supreme Court that it is witch hunt by the CBI as the Kolkata police chief is a witness and not an accused in the case. But, the bench told him to keep ready the defences of state government ready tomorrow, when it will hear the case.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who travelled to Rajeev Kumar’s home soon after the CBI team’s visit, accused the Narendra Modi government of trying to malign her because she organised a mega-opposition rally earlier this month.

She described the situation as “worse than an emergency”.