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05 Feb 2019

CBI v/s Kolkata Police: How is it Mamata's moral victory?

Mamata sees moral victory in SC verdict. How?

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the Supreme Court's verdict on the tiff between Central Bureau of Investigation and Kolkata police was a 'moral victory'.

The apex court on Tuesday ruled CBI can't arrest Rajeev Kumar, Commissioner of Police while directing him to appear before the agency.

The top court just removed roadblocks from CBI's path. What exactly is Banerjee celebrating then?

In context

Mamata sees moral victory in SC verdict. How?
The CBI was insulted, humiliated by local police in Kolkata

What happened

The CBI was insulted, humiliated by local police in Kolkata

On Sunday, CBI went to Kumar's residence to interrogate him. It is alleged he hid documents related to probe in Saradha chit fund scam, didn't cooperate with the agency and deliberately delayed the investigation.

Rather than facilitating the probe of CBI officials, Kolkata police humiliated them.

The officers were forcibly detained, taken to a police station and the questioning never happened.

Looking back

Earlier too, Kolkata police stopped CBI's probe

The series of events obviously miffed CBI. M Nageshwar Rao, who was the interim chief of CBI, said this wasn't the first time Kolkata police hindered their probe.

In the past whenever CBI officers took concrete steps, local police found new ways to 'harass them'.

It seemed the Kolkata police left CBI with no option but to approach the SC.

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Reading between lines: What did the Supreme Court say?

Verdict

Reading between lines: What did the Supreme Court say?

The ruling hints SC understood the concerns of the CBI. The SC asked Kumar to appear before the CBI in 'neutral place' Shillong, Meghalaya.

While local police jumped to guard Kumar in Kolkata, helping him evade questioning, the same won't be possible in Meghalaya.

CBI has been trying to get its hands on Kumar for years now and the SC just helped the agency.

Details

SC also issued notices to Banerjee's government

Moreover, the top court issued notices to Kumar, West Bengal DGP and the state government on contempt plea filed by CBI.

Earlier, CJI Ranjan Gogoi said if Kumar even thinks of destroying evidence, the top court would come down heavily on him.

All the recent incidents hint West Bengal state government isn't exactly in the good books of SC. Why is Banerjee elated then?

The verdict is anything but Banerjee's win

Dharna

The verdict is anything but Banerjee's win

After the verdict, Banerjee said she is happy Kumar won't be arrested. She thanked the court for restoring faith in democracy and said the ruling will boost the morale of other officers.

But her words only show she has mastered the art of twisting facts.

If anything, the verdict has only boosted the morale of CBI officers who were manhandled by Kolkata police.

Question

Whose moral victory is it, anyway?

Notably, after the verdict, everyone claimed it was their 'moral victory'.

While Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal congratulated Banerjee and thanked her for 'fighting for all', Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said this was CBI's win.

It is safe to say, in politics, no one loses or wins. It all depends on how well you can 'read' SC's judgment (and twist it).

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Why are CBI and Kolkata police fighting?

Who is Rajeev Kumar?

What did Supreme Court say?

What was Mamata Banerjee's first reaction after the verdict?

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Why are CBI and Kolkata police fighting?

Asked on 05-02-2019 by Ridhi Rodrigues

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CBI and Kolkata police have been at loggerheads since Sunday after the agency wasn't allowed to question commissioner Rajeev Kumar.

Who is Rajeev Kumar?

Asked on 05-02-2019 by Arjun Rathore

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Rajeev Kumar is the commissioner of Kolkata police who headed the SIT which was formed to investigate Saradha chit fund scam.

What did Supreme Court say?

Asked on 05-02-2019 by Shreya Yadav

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Supreme Court said CBI can't arrest Kumar but asked the latter to cooperate in the probe.

What was Mamata Banerjee's first reaction after the verdict?

Asked on 05-02-2019 by Divya Sarin

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Mamata Banerjee said the verdict was a moral victory.

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