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The Supreme Court is hearing the applications filed in the wake of the tussle between the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the West Bengal government led by Mamata Banerjee.
The Court was moved on Monday after a team of CBI officers was detained and subsequently released by the Kolkata Police on Sunday. The CBI team had sought to question Commissioner of Kolkata Police Rajeev Kumar, who was investigating the scam.
The CBI sought to question Kumar without prior permission from the state government helmed by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The state claimed that prior permission needed to be sought since it had withdrawn its ‘general consent’ to the CBI to investigate any cases in the state in November 2018.
Two applications were filed by the CBI before the Supreme Court – one seeking a direction to the State of West Bengal to cooperate in the probe pursuant to the Supreme Court’s orders passed in the Saradha Chit fund case, and another seeking contempt action against the state authorities.
The CBI had claimed that Kumar was involved in the destruction of electronic evidence in the Saradha case. Yesterday, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi had directed the CBI to place any proof of this claim within 24 hours.
Hearing in this matter is underway before a Bench of CJI Gogoi with Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna.
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