Mamata Banerjee vs CBI LIVE updates: TMC workers in Asansol burn Narendra Modi's effigy as West Bengal CM stages dharna

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Mamata Banerjee vs CBI LIVE updates: TMC workers in Asansol burn Narendra Modi's effigy as West Bengal CM stages dharna
  • 23:16 (IST)

    People are against BJP, CBI: Lalu Prasad

  • 23:09 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi, Omar Abdullah among politicians who spoke to Mamata Banerjee

  • 22:58 (IST)

    Secretary home affairs, West Bengal, tells state EC that Rajeev Kumar was absent from meeting on 31 January due to personal reasons

  • 22:54 (IST)

    Opposition leaders come out in support of Mamata Banerjee

    At least 15 parties have supported TMC to raise this issue in Parliament.

    According to news reports, a united Opposition will raise this issue in the Parliament tomorrow.

    Congress president Rahul Gandhi and BSP chief Mayawati have called Banerjee.

    TDP and RJD have backed Banerjee. NCP chief Sharad Pawar has also expressed shock at what has happened in West Bengal.

    Mehbooba Mufti has also tweeted in support of the West Bengal chief minister.

  • 22:47 (IST)

    Government law officers may approach Supreme Court tonight, sources tell news channels

    Reports have said that government law officers may approach the apex court to complain against action taken against CBI officials.

  • 22:35 (IST)

    TMC workers burn Narendra Modi's effigy in Asansol

  • 22:32 (IST)

    TMC workers protest in Asansol

  • 22:32 (IST)

    Mamata Banerjee says Opposition leaders have offered her support

    Mamata Banerjee said several leaders of Opposition parties have called her up to extend their support and solidarity towards her "fight to protect the Constitution".

    "Leaders of various Opposition parties including Akhilesh Yadav, Tejashwi Yadav, Chandrababu Naidu, Omar Abdullah, Ahmed Patel, MK Stalin had called me to extend their solidarity and support," she said at the venue of her sit-in demonstration. — PTI

  • 22:27 (IST)

    CBI seeks time from governor to discuss the situation in West Bengal

    ANI reports that the central agency has sought time with West Bengal governor Keshari Nath Tripathi to discuss the ongoing issue.

  • 22:22 (IST)

    Modi has gone mad: Mamata Banerjee

    "I appeal to people, media: Please save India. Please save Constitution," West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said.

    "Modi has gone mad," she added. "I am ready to sacrifice my life. I am not afraid to die...we have to save the country," she said.

  • 22:11 (IST)

    Mamata Banerjee calls for state-wide protest

    News reports are also saying that Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal is likely to meet Banerjee in Kolkata tomorrow.

    BJP sources have also told CNN-News18 that the governor will decide whether president's rule needs to be imposed in the state.

  • 22:08 (IST)

    CBI to approach Supreme Court tomorrow, sources tell CNN-News18

    The Supreme Court had directed CBI to summon Rajeev Kumar, stated the news channel.

  • 21:53 (IST)

    BJP to complain to EC about West Bengal government blocking saffron party rallies

    ANI reports that a delegation of senior BJP leaders will meet the chief election commissioner on Monday to complain about the West Bengal government allegedly blocking BJP rallies.

  • 21:51 (IST)

    CBI officers came without any papers: Joint commissioner (crime), Kolkata Police

  • 21:49 (IST)

    Mamata Banerjee's action a direct assault on constitutional scheme of things: BJP

    BJP slammed the Mamata Banerjee-led government in West Bengal after Kolkata Police stopped the CBI from questioning its chief, accusing it of making a mockery of governance, democracy and constitutional propriety.

    The party said the state government's action is a direct assault on the constitutional scheme of things and reflects dictatorial streak of the chief minister.

    "The development in Kolkata and the resistance to the CBI investigation is bizarre, unprecedented and reflect Banerjee's dictatorial attitude. She has violated the very Constitution she had sworn by," party spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao said.

    Noting that the CBI has been probing the chit fund scams on the Supreme Court's order, he said the city police's action amounts to disrespect and disobedience to the apex court.

    Nalin Kohli, another BJP spokesperson, described the situation in the state as unprecedented and said it is an indication of "total collapse" of law and order.

    Never before a premier investigation agency like the CBI has been stopped from doing its work, which is working under the court's direction.

    "It is clear that the state government under Mamata Banerjee has lost sight of all constitutional propriety. People can see what a mockery of governance, democracy and constitutional propriety taking place," he said. — PTI

  • 21:46 (IST)

    Modi, BJP desperate to create controversy in West Bengal: Abhishek Manu Singhvi

  • 21:41 (IST)

    Federal structure doesn't protect corrupt: BJP

    "Federal structure doesn't exist to protect the corrupt," BJP's GVL Narasimha Rao further told ANI.

  • 21:34 (IST)

    Is Supreme Court really monitoring the Saradha chit fund scam?

  • 21:28 (IST)

    We had gone to investigate Kolkata Police chief: CBI joint director

    CBI joint director Pankaj Srivastava said the agency's officials had gone to Kolkata Police commissioner Rajeev Kumar's residence to question him in chit fund scan cases and "we would have rounded him up if he hadn't cooperated with us".

    Asked about police officials cordoning off the CBI offices and his residence, he said, "I have also been detained and there are police officers standing outside my house."

    However, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Pravin Tripathi said the CBI officers have been let go from the police station after questioning. — PTI

  • 21:25 (IST)

    Modi-Shah's duo action is completely bizarre: Arvind Kejriwal

  • 21:23 (IST)

    Kolkata Police Commissioner also present at Mamata Banerjee's dharna

    Mamata Banerjee also alleged that National Security Advisor Ajit Doval was directing the CBI to harass political opponents, as per orders of the prime minister.

    "I feel ashamed to talk to such a prime minister who has blood on his hands," she said.

    "Narendra Modi and Amit Shah are trying to organise a coup in the state as we had organised the Opposition rally on 19 January. We were aware that the CBI will attack us after we organised the rally," Banerjee said, referring to the Brigade rally attended by leaders of about 20 Opposition parties.

  • 21:16 (IST)

    CBI team officials released

    According to The Indian Express, the team of CBI officials who were detained outside the Kolkata police commissioner's residence have been released.

    Reports have also said that the police has been removed from the CBI office.

  • 21:13 (IST)

    Mamata Banerjee sits on dharna at Metro Channel, Kolkata

  • 21:12 (IST)

    Have sought Centre's assistance to rescue my joint director: Interim CBI chief

    "I don't know under what sections my men have been arrested/ detained," intertim CBI chief M Nageshwar Rao told CNN-News18. "We are doing job as instructed by the Supreme Court. Supreme Court itself has commented on non-cooperation of Rajeev Kumar," he further said.

    "I have sought central government's assistance to rescue my joint director and his family," he added.

  • 21:09 (IST)

    Visuals from police station where CBI officers are detained

  • 21:08 (IST)

    CRPF units arrive at CBI regional office at CGO complex in Kolkata

  • 20:55 (IST)

    Modi has to go, Amit Shah has to go: Derek O'Brien

CBI vs Kolkata Police LIVE updates: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said that Narendra Modi has gone mad and appealed to the people and media to save the country and democracy.

The interim CBI chief said that the Kolkata police commissioner was instrumental in destroying evidence and obstructing justice. The CBI team officials who were detained earlier have been released.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday night announced that she will start a dharna in Kolkata to save the Constitution and the federal structure of the country.

"I am going to stage a dharna to save the federal structure. From today, I'm going to sit near the Metro Channel. Tomorrow, proceedings in state Assembly will take place where I will hold a meeting. This dharna means satyagraha," Banerjee said in Kolkata.

Her announcement comes after a number of CBI 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 on Sunday.

Claiming that the situation in the country was worse than during the Emergency, Banerjee said, "BJP is torturing Bengal. They are forcibly trying to destroy Bengal just because I did brigade rally. Yesterday you saw the language of PM where he threatened."

Amidst escalating tension between Banerjee and the Centre, Loudon Street in central Kolkata witnessed a virtual showdown between the state police and the CBI.

 Mamata Banerjee vs CBI LIVE updates: TMC workers in Asansol burn Narendra Modis effigy as West Bengal CM stages dharna

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee started a dharna. PTI

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 the documents required for questioning Kumar.

As politics played out on the street, Banerjee rushed to the residence of Kumar. 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".

Party spokesperson Derek O' Brien tweeted, "BJP planning a constitutional coup ? 40 CBI officials surround Kolkata Police Commissioner's home. Destruction of institutions goes on unabated. Our demand in #Parliament on Mon. Modi has to go. We are reaching out and sharing this with all Oppn parties who want to #SaveDemocracy."

West Bengal DGP Virendra and ADG (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 Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) claimed that Kumar had been "absconding" and "being looked for" in connection with Saradha and Rose Valley ponzi scam cases.

As the CBI team landed at the city police chief's residence, a team of Kolkata Police officers rushed to the spot to speak to the CBI officials and tried to enquire whether they had required documents to question Kumar.

"We don't want to speak on this issue as of now. Let's see what happens. Please wait for sometime," a senior CBI official standing outside the Police commissioner's house told reporters.

Later on, a small team of CBI officials was taken to Shakespeare Sarani police station for further discussions.

Thereafter, more men arrived at the spot and a commotion ensued. Some CBI officers were then forcibly bundled into police jeeps and taken to a police station.

According to the CBI, IPS officer Kumar, who led a Special Investigation Team of West Bengal Police probing the scams, needs to be questioned regarding missing documents and files but he has not responded to notices to appear before the agency.

Kumar, a 1989-batch IPS officer of West Bengal cadre, did not even attend a meeting with Election Commission officials who had gone to Kolkata to review election preparedness, sources said.

A statement was issued Sunday from Kolkata Police, dismissing reports of him being missing from work.

"Please take note that not only is the CP Kolkata available in the city, but has also been attending office on a regular basis, with the exception of January 31, 2019, when he was on leave for a day. All concerned may please take note that if any news is spread without proper verification, Kolkata Police will initiate strict legal action against defamation of both the CP Kolkata and Kolkata Police," the police said.

With inputs from agencies

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Updated Date: Feb 03, 2019 23:19:48 IST