Cops Detain CBI Team That Had Gone To Question Kolkata Police Chief
A number of Central Bureau of Investigation officers, who had gone to question Kolkata Police Chief Rajeev Kumar in connection with chit fund scam cases, were bundled into police jeeps, whisked to a police station and detained, officials said.
Amid escalating tensions between West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the Centre, Loudon Street in central Kolkata witnessed a virtual showdown between the state police and the CBI.
There were conflicting reports about some CBI officers being arrested.
While the agency sources claimed that some of its men were forcibly taken away from Kumar's Loudon Street residence and arrested, a senior police officer denied the claim and said they have been taken to the police station to check if they had required documents to question Kumar.
As politics played out on the street, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee rushed to the spot. She had earlier extended her support to Kumar and alleged that the BJP was "misusing power to take control of the police and all other institutions".
West Bengal Director General of Police Virendra and Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Anuj Sharma too reached Kumar's residence.
In a tit-for-tat move, a team of Kolkata Police officials reached the CGO Complex- the state headquarters of CBI.
The fast-paced development started unfolding as soon as a team of 40-odd agency officers arrived at Kumar's residence this evening, but they were stopped by sentries and officials.
A day earlier, the CBI claimed that Kumar had been "absconding" and "being looked for" in connection with Saradha and Rose Valley ponzi scam cases.