The Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government and the central government are at loggerheads over the CBI investigation into the Saradha chit fund scam. The standoff between the state and the central government started after the CBI reached Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar's residence on Sunday to question him on the scam. Kumar was the head of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) Mamta Banerjee's government had set up to investigate the Saradha scam back in 2013. In response to the CBI's action yesterday, the Mamata Banerjee started an indefinite dharna in protest against the Centre, which is still ongoing.
In a latest development, the CBI on Monday filed a petition in the Supreme Court, seeking directions to Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar to cooperate with the investigation in the chit fund cases. The agency also informed the apex court that despite being summoned multiple times, Rajeev Kumar failed to cooperate and created hurdles in the investigation.
The West Bengal government has also moved Calcutta High Court against the CBI's attempt to question Kolkata police chief Rajeev Kumar in connection with chit fund scam cases. The Calcutta High Court will take up the matter on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi has sent a report to the Home Minister Rajnath Singh on the prevailing situation in the state.
Both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have been adjourned for the day in wake of CBI's action on Sunday evening in Kolkata where the CBI tried to interrogate the Kolkata Police chief.
Here's all you need to know about Saradha chit fund scam
Edited by Chitranjan Kumar