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Guv holds meeting; CBI to move SC; Mamata continues dharna
West Bengal

Guv holds meeting; CBI to move SC; Mamata continues dharna

Kolkata, Feb 3 : West Bengal governor Keshari Nath Tripathi has summoned the chief secretary, home secretary and director general of police to Raj Bhawan, senior state officials said on condition of anonymity.

Top CBI officers in Kolkata had earlier sought an appointment with the governor.

CBI Interim Director M Nageshwar Rao said tomorrow the CBI will approach the Supreme Court on the matter as the West Bengal police is not cooperating.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee continues her ‘Save the Constitution’ dharna with her supporters at Metro Channel, over the ongoing CBI issue. She is sitting there since 9 pm.

A temporary stage has been built at record speed on the road racing Metro Cinema at Esplanade. All Trinamool ministers, senior IAS and IPS officers and hundreds of Trinamool workers are present at
Esplanade.

While addressing the crowd at midnight, she said, “Rajeev Kumar is not a crook. He is the best officer. He was never involved in the chit fund scam. From where did CBI gain such audacity to raid a police commissioner’s residence.”

“Law and order is a state subject. Narendra Modi should not forget that. This entire operation is planned by Ajit Doval,” Ms Banerjee said while addressing the crowd at midnight

The chief minister said Rajeev Kumar headed the special investigation team that we formed to probe the chit fund. We recovered Rs 300 crore. But CBI unnecessarily kept our MP Sudip Bandopadhyay in jail for six months. She said her struggle will continue till “the situation is resolved.
Central reserve police force (CRPF) units deployed at the two CBI offices in Kolkata. One is at Nizam Palace in south Kolkata and the other at the CGO complex at Salt Lake. This was done after CBI asked for security arrangements.

Earlier in the evening Kolkata Police deployed huge forces at these two places but removed the men after Mamata Banerjee started her dharna.

Kolkata Police even deployed a force outside the Kolkata residence of CBI joint director Pankaj Srivastava. The unit was removed at night.

Rahul Gandhi, Omar Abdullah, Akhilesh Yadav, Tejashwi Yadav, Chandrababu Naidu, Mayawati, Sharad Pawar, and Arvind Kejriwal spoke to Mamata Banerjee over phone and expressed solidarity

Congress president Rahul Gandhi tweeted,” I spoke with Mamata Di tonight and told her we stand shoulder to shoulder with her.”

“The happenings in Bengal are a part of the unrelenting attack on India’s institutions by Mr Modi & the BJP,” he said.

“The entire opposition will stand together & defeat these fascist forces,” Mr Gandhi added.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar in a tweet said, “ #Assualtondemocracy - blatant misuse of CBI in #WestBengal to intimidate the opposition and settle political scores.”
PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti tweeted,”History stands testament to how JK has faced the wrath of central agencies. Its disheartening to see how institutions are being hijacked only to discredit political opponents. Doesn’t bode well for the Centre - State relationship.”

Meanwhile, A Bhattacharya, Secy Home Affairs, W Bengal writes to state EC: He has clarified that he (Kolkata Police Commissioner) was absent from meeting on 31 Jan as he had applied for casual leave for personal reasons, he intended no offence or disrespect to Election
Commission of India.”

TMC workers stage a ‘rail roko protest’ in Rishra over the ongoing CBI issue. Trinamool Congress will begin a state-wide agitation from Monday.(UNI)