Mamata Banerjee dharna Day 2 LIVE Updates: West Bengal Government moves Calcutta HC over CBI’s effort to probe top cop Rajeev Kumar

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New Delhi | Updated:Feb 04, 2019 9:03:32 pm

Kolkata Police-CBI face-off Live Updates: Mamata Banerjee on Monday begun sit-in protest in Kolkata.

Kolkata Police vs CBIMamata Banerjee dharna day 2 Live Updates: Mamata Banerjee is on dharna since Sunday. (ANI)

Mamata Banerjee vs CBI: The fight between the West Bengal government and the CBI is continuing unabated with former moving the Calcutta High Court and the latter the Supreme Court. The row started with the investigating agency’s attempt to interrogate Kolkata Police chief Rajeev Kumar on some missing files in Sharada chit fund case. The Supreme Court will hear the investigating agency’s plea that Rajeev Kumar is not cooperating in the probe, which it says, amounts to contempt of court. The top court will hear the matter on Tuesday. These developments have come a day after West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee began a sit-in, alleging the Centre was violating federal principles.

The BJP says the events unfolding in the state are unprecedented. Addressing the media, Union minister and BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad expressed his surprise over the fact that a police commissioner was sitting on a dharna called by the chief minister. He further said that the West Bengal CM was following the footsteps of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.

A political storm has erupted in the state since yesterday after CBI officials reached the residence of the Kolkata Police chief to question him on alleged missing files in chit fund cases. Soon after Mamata Banerjee reached the residence of the official and sat on a dharna. The city police took a few CBI officials into custody, just to release them later.

A number of opposition leaders from Rahul Gandhi and Omar Abdulla to Lalu Prasad Yadav have voiced their support for Mamata Banerjee in her fight against the CBI and the central government .

Also read: Mamata Banerjee vs CBI: Slogans of ‘CBI tota hai’, ‘Chowkidaar chor hai’ reverberate in Lok Sabha 


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21:03 (IST)04 Feb 2019
Dharna will continue till Friday, says Mamata Banerjee

The BJP said an "alliance of the corrupt" is emerging after several opposition parties supported West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee in her protest against the CBI's move to question Kolkata police chief Rajeev Kumar in the multi-crore Saradha scam case.

20:10 (IST)04 Feb 2019
AIADMK's guarded response to Mamata-Centre standoff

The ruling AIADMK gave a guarded response to the standoff between West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and BJP-led Centre, saying that the CBI has the power to probe but it "has to adopt a certain framework for that."

19:58 (IST)04 Feb 2019
BJP misusing CBI, Mamata's response equally undemocratic

Left parties said that while the BJP-led NDA government was "misusing" federal agencies, Mamata Banerjee's response to it was "equally undemocratic". It accused both for sabotaging the probe into ponzi scams.

19:52 (IST)04 Feb 2019
CBI has been turned into a "puppet": Sidhu

Punjab minister and Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu alleged that the CBI is being made to act like a "puppet" and there is an attempt to turn democracy into "danda tantra". Sidhu's remarks came in the backdrop of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's dharna.

19:48 (IST)04 Feb 2019
CBI move & Mamata's dharna are "politically motivated"

The CPI(M) termed both CBI's latest move in chit fund scam cases and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's sit-in protest as "politically motivated". Senior party leader Brinda Karat said that CPI(M) has been demanding swift punishment to the guilty in the Saradha scams, but for so many years CBI under BJP was in slow motion.

19:14 (IST)04 Feb 2019
BJP president Manoj Tiwari hits back at Kejriwal

Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari hit back at Kejriwal saying he should not talk about democracy because he has "robbed" it through his "falsehoods and conspiracies" in the city. Tiwari also added that leaders like Mamata Banerjee and Kejriwal were "betraying" democracy by going against the directives of courts.

19:10 (IST)04 Feb 2019
Delhi CM slams PM Modi over developments in WB

Delhi Chief Minister and AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah over developments in West Bengal. He said that they needed to be defeated in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls 'to save democracy' in the country. He also said that the Modi-Shah duo was the biggest danger to the country and charged the two leaders with trying to 'murder' democracy. 

18:22 (IST)04 Feb 2019
Centre playing with fire: Shatrughan Sinha

Disgruntled BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha on Monday fired a fresh salvo at the Narendra Modi government, accusing it of playing with fire by targeting West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee whom he called a tried and tested mass leader.

17:36 (IST)04 Feb 2019
Ready to give my life but not compromise: Mamata Banerjee

"I am ready to give my life but not compromise. I did not take to the streets when you touched TMC leaders. But I am angry when they tried to insult the chair of the Kolkata Police Commissioner, he is leading the organisation", says West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, as per ANI.

17:10 (IST)04 Feb 2019
BJP office vandalised in Bhabanipur
16:55 (IST)04 Feb 2019
CBI joint director Pankaj Srivastava leaves for Delhi
16:52 (IST)04 Feb 2019
Mamata Banerjee attends Kolkata Police award event

West Bengal Chief Minister, who is on qa dharna, attended an event to distribute awards to Kolkata Police personnel. City police chief Rajeev Kumar, who is under CBI scnner on missing files of ponzi scam cases, was also attendet the event.

16:30 (IST)04 Feb 2019
TMC workers protest against Centre
15:56 (IST)04 Feb 2019
Ravi Shankar Prasad hits back at Mamata Banerjee

"What is happening? A Police Commissioner is sitting on a dharna with politicians? What is the meaning of this? By sitting on dharna West Bengal CM is following the footsteps of Arvind Kejriwal,"asks Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

15:54 (IST)04 Feb 2019
West Bengal situation unprecedented: Ravi Shankar Prasad

"A commissioner-level public servant sitting in a Dharna is unprecedented. What is going in the country?", asks Ravi Shankar Prasad

15:52 (IST)04 Feb 2019
Is it wrong to probe corruption, asks Ravi Shankar Prasad

Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad slams West Bengal Mamata Banerjee, askes whether it is wrong to probe corruption. She is on dharna since yesterday, in protest against Centre's alleged intereference in public institutions.

15:40 (IST)04 Feb 2019
BJD clarifies its earlier remark

"Based on media reports on CBI issue, BJD would like to clarify that the statement by BJD on CBI is in relation to Odisha&overall issues confronting CBI at national level. Grouping BJD with some political parties because of this statement is incorrect&misleading", the party said in a statement.

15:35 (IST)04 Feb 2019
Satyagraha not against Centre but Modi Government: Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee: says Satyagraha is not against any agency, but against Modi government's "atrocities". She is on dharna since yesterday after CBI reached the residence of Kolkata Police commissioner to question him on missing files in a number of chit fund cases.

15:06 (IST)04 Feb 2019
Work won't be affected: Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee today said that the state government's work won't be affected as she will continue to work while sitting on dharna. Banerjee is on a dharna since yesterday, alleging Centre's 'interference in public institutions'. She decided to sat on a dharna after, CBI sleuths reached Kolkata top cop's residence yesterday.

14:49 (IST)04 Feb 2019
West Bengal governor sends confidential report to Centre

West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi has sent a confidential report to Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), reports ANI. The State is in a political turmpol since sunday evening after CM Mamata Banerjee decided to sit on a dharma after CBI reached the residence of Kolkata Police chief Rajeev Kumar to interrogate on missing files relating to chit fund cases. Soon after the CM ordered arrest of some CBI officials who were part of the probe team. they were released later.

14:42 (IST)04 Feb 2019
Former CBI official on developments in West Bengal

"Politicians may like to use CBI but agencies shouldn't allow themselves to be used.Only solution to cases like these is, it should be put before CBI Spl Court where FIR has been filed.I don't understand why in this case CBI did not approach Special Court," probe agency's former joint director S Sen tells CBI.

14:36 (IST)04 Feb 2019
Mehbooba Mufti on West Bengal crisis

"Manner in which constitutional institutions in this country, like CBI, are being misused to settle scores with opponents is unfortunate...We stand with Mamata ji. If institutions continue being discredited like this federal structure will be fractured, " news agency ANI quotes Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti as saying on political crisist n west Bengal. Mamata Banerjee in on dharna since Sunday evening.

13:49 (IST)04 Feb 2019
Here is what Nitish Kumar says on CBI vs Mamata Banerjee

"These things can only be explained by people who are doing it. I don’t react to such things.CBI and the govt in question will explain. Until the Election Commission announces the date of elections, anything can happen in the country," ANI quotes Bihar CM Nitish Kumar as saying on political crisis in West Bengal, where CM Mamata Banerjee contunues to stay on fast, ptotesting against Centre's allege3d intervantions on public institutions

13:33 (IST)04 Feb 2019
Mamata Banerjee skipped meals, remained awake entire night

Mamata Banerjee, who sat on a dharna around 8.30 pm Sunday to protest against "the attack on constitutional norms", skipped meals and remained awake the entire night on a makeshift dais at Metro Channel in the heart of the city along with some ministers and party members. The TMC chief had undertaken a 25-day fast at the same spot in December 2006 to protest the land acquisition in Singur by the erstwhile Left Front government to set up a car factory. The Singur movement catapulted her to power in 2011.

13:26 (IST)04 Feb 2019
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13:22 (IST)04 Feb 2019
Arvind Kejriwal on West Bengal political crisis

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has come out in support of Mamata Banerjee. Speaking to ANI he said, 'Whatever central government did in West Bengal is very dangerous, against constitution & democracy...Every state has an elected govt, if PM sends CBI & ED like this  and try to scare the officers then this country will not be safe'.

13:19 (IST)04 Feb 2019
BJP delegation meets Election Commission

BJP delegation met Election Commission on West Bengal issue. Speaking to media, defence minister Nirma Sitharama, who was part of delegation as quoted by ANI, "In the interest of wanting a free & fair environment in which LS polls can be conducted,we have come to bring to the notice of EC certain happenings in WB which has complete cooperation of TMC. Instances we highlighted to point out that TMC doesn't believe in democracy".

13:08 (IST)04 Feb 2019
Smriti Irani hits out at West Bengal CM

"The fact that paramilitary forces had to be deployed for the protection of those officers, who were diligently doing their duty, is for the first time an unprecedented view given to the citizen with regards to the state of anarchy in West Bengal," Union Textile Minister Smriti Irani is quoted by ANI as saying. Banerjee continues to seat on a dharna on second successive day today in protest against Centre's alleged interference in public institutions.

13:01 (IST)04 Feb 2019
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12:24 (IST)04 Feb 2019
Satyagraha against Centre: TMC in Parliament

Trinamool Congress leader Saugata Roy today said while addressing Lok Sabha that the ongoing dharna by West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee is against the misuse by Centre's misuse of CBI. 'Satyagrah by West Bengal CM is against the misuse of CBI by central govt. We strongly protest against the CBI and BJP leadership led by PM Modi & Amit Shah who have damaged the constitutional structure. The PM should answer in the House,' he said as per ANI.

12:19 (IST)04 Feb 2019
Opposition parties have supported Mamata Banerjee: Javadekar

"Opposition parties have supported Mamata Banerjee. Who are these people? They are out on bail. Such people are standing together. This is not Mahagathbandhan, they are divided by vision and united by corruption. The corrupt are standing together," he added further

12:11 (IST)04 Feb 2019
Prakash Javadekar slams Mamata Banerjee

"Whatever is happening in Kolkata&WB is one of a kind. Never before was an investigating team taken into custody by police. It's murder of democracy. We want to ask Mamata Banerjee why is she staging dharna, who does she want to shield? Police Commissioner or herself?," Union minister Prakash Javadekar says.

12:06 (IST)04 Feb 2019
Akhilesh Yadav backs West Bengal CM

"Besides West Bengal, such things have been heard from other states too. BJP&central govt have started misusing CBI as elections are approaching. Not only I, not only Samajwadi Party, but all political parties are saying this," Samajwadi Paert chief and Akhilesh Yadav said while reacting to political scenario in West Bengal. State chief minister Mamata Banerjee is sutting on dharna in protest against th Centre since Sunday.

12:00 (IST)04 Feb 2019
Shiv Sena reacts in dharna

If a chief minister of a big state as West Bengal,is sitting on dharna, then it is a serious matter. Is this CBI vs Mamata Banerjee or Mamata Banerjee vs BJP, we'll find out soon. If CBI is being misused, it's a matter of dignity of the nation, and prestige of the agency (CBI): Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena

11:58 (IST)04 Feb 2019
Rajanth Singh calls up West Bengal Governor

Amid political crisis in West Bangal Rajnath Singh spoke to West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi to stake stock of the situation. After state chief minister Mamata Banerjee sat on dharna since yesterday, TMV workers have started protests across the state. A number of trains reportedly have also been stopped. Supreme Court will also hear the matter tomorrow. The CBI had earlier submitted a plea before the top court saying that the non copperation by the Kolkata police top court amounts to contempt of court.

11:51 (IST)04 Feb 2019
Mamata Banerjee addresses farmers

Mamata Banerjee addresses farmers from dias today. The West Bengal chief minister said she is with them and added that policies of state government was better than that of farmers and have tripled theirs income. She said that farmers ar in the country are in very bad condition, with a number of them also committed suicides. Slamming the Centre, she said that Centre has done nothing for them. Reminding of her previous Singhur protess, the West Bengal CM said this was the second dharna she was sitting. 

11:40 (IST)04 Feb 2019
Top developments today

Day after Mamata Banerjee sat on dharna in protest against CBI's visiting Kolkata Police commissioner Rajeev Kumar's residence to interrogate him on missing files in chit fund scam, the probe agency today appeared before the Supreme Court. In its plea CBI said that the top cop's non cooperating with it was contempt of court. The Supreme Court deciding to hear the matter, has asked Rajeev Kumar to surrounder required documents. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal is expected to reach the dharna site today.

11:01 (IST)04 Feb 2019
CBI to hear case tomorrow.

While hearing the case, the Supreme Court has asked Kolkata Police chief  Rajeev Kumar to surrender all evidence.  It said it will hear the case tomorrow. 

10:23 (IST)04 Feb 2019
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10:15 (IST)04 Feb 2019
Will continue Satyagraha: Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who began a sit-in protest over the CBI's attempt to question the Kolkata Police chief in connection with chit fund scams, said Monday she will continue her "Satyagraha" till the country and its Constitution are "saved". The Chief Minister skipped meals and remained awake the entire night on a makeshift dais here along with some senior ministers and party members. "This is a Satyagraha and I'll continue till the country is saved," Banerjee told reporters who accompanied her at the place of dharna.

Mamata Banerjee with Samajwadi Party leader Kiranmoy Nanda. (ANI photo)West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee  created a political storm yesterday by deciding to sit on dharna since yesterday in support of Kolkata Police chief Rajeev Kumar, after CBI officials had landed at his residence to question him on missing files in the chit fund scams. After she sat on a dharna TMC workers have started state wide protests. There were also reports that some trains were also been stopped. While Opposition leaders have come in support of Mamata Banerjee, some BJP leaders have called for implementation of a president's rule in the state.
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