Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan speaking to ANI on Monday
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan speaking to ANI on Monday

If Mamata is fearless then why is she opposing the inquiry, asks Dharmendra Pradhan

ANI | Updated: Feb 04, 2019 21:45 IST

New Delhi [India], Feb 4 (ANI): Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Monday lashed out at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee stating that if she is fearless then why is she opposing the CBI inquiry.
Speaking to ANI he said, "It was after the Supreme Court’s direction in 2013 that an inquiry began, if Mamata Ji is so fearless, why is she opposing it? What is she so scared of? Only those who steal are afraid."
This comes after a full-blown face-off between West Bengal's Mamata Banerjee government and the Centre erupted on Sunday as a CBI team moved to arrest the top cop of state police, which in turn detained five officials causing a high voltage drama.
Escalating her confrontation with the Centre, Banerjee also started a sit-in to protest, in what her Trinamool Congress party called a "coup" by the Modi government.
Banerjee was seen sitting on her 'Save the Constitution' dharna at Metro Channel in Kolkata, in which city Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar was also present.
The CBI interim chief also alleged that there was proof against Rajeev Kumar that he hampered evidence in the chit fund scam.
All the five CBI officers who were detained by police at Shakespeare Sarani police station in Kolkata have been released.
Unprecedented scenes were witnessed here when the CBI team came to arrest Rajeev Kumar at his residence in connection with Saradha Chit fund scam and were not allowed to enter the residence.
Rajeev Kumar, a 1989-batch IPS officer of West Bengal cadre was heading a SIT on the Saradha and Rose Valley scams. The CBI wanted the top officer to hand over the seizure list made during his probe, sources said.
Reportedly, the top cop was to be questioned regarding missing documents and files but he is not responding to notices to appear before the agency.
Rajeev Kumar, according to media reports, became apprehensive of his arrest after Bengali film producer Shrikant Mohita was taken into custody.
Police force of Bidhannagar police left from outside the CBI regional office at CGO Complex in Kolkata, following which Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) units arrived at the spot.
Praveen Tripathi, Joint Commissioner Crime, Kolkata Police said that CBI officers came into the residence without any valid documents and could not give a satisfactory response for what they called a "secret operation." (ANI)