‘Saving the top cop or herself?’: Javadekar questions Mamata’s protest in CBI- Kolkata police face-off

Kolkata: Firing a fresh salvo against Mamta Banerjee in CBI vs Kolkata police case, Union Minister and senior BJP leader Prakash Javadekar on monday questioned West Bengal CM’s motive behind holding sit-in protest.

He inquired whether wanted to save herself or the state police commissioner Rajeev Kumar in the ponzi scheme scam.

“We want to ask who Mamata wants to save. Why is she holding a dharna (sit-in)? Does she want to save the police commissioner or herself? What is she trying to hide,” asked the Union Human Resource Development Minister while addressing a press conference here.

Banerjee, surrounded by her ministers and top party leaders, continued her overnight sit-in protest at the Metro Channel in the city hub Dharamtala on Monday.

Samajwadi Party Vice President Kiranmoy Nanda also joined her at the sit-in as a representative of party chief Akhilesh Yadav.

Javadekar said Trinamool MPs and state Ministers, including Kunal Ghosh, Srinjoy Bose, Sudip Bandyopadhyay, Tapas Pal and Madan Mitra, have so far been arrested in connection with chit fund scam cases.

“Mamata did not demonstrate or hold any sit-in protest then. But why has she started the dharna today? What information does the police commissioner have for which Mamata has become so desperate to save him and is now sitting on the road? People want answers to these questions,” Javadekar said. He said it is “an attempt to kill democracy.”

A furious Mamata Banerjee had last evening accused the centre of sending CBI officers after “one of the best officers in the world, someone who’s integrity, bravery and honesty are unquestioned”.

Rajeev Kumar had headed a special probe into the Saradha and Rose Valley chit fund scams in which thousands of small investors were cheated of their money.

The CBI says that he had ignored multiple summons over the past two years and that the agency wanted to ask him about missing evidence.

“Is it to hide evidence, the chit fund scamster in his testimony said there is one red diary. There is a diary and a pendrive,” Prakash Javadekar said.

The senior BJP leader also pointed out that it was not his party but Rahul Gandhi’s Congress that had filed a petition in the Supreme Court asking for an investigation into the chit fund scams. The constitutional mechanism, he said, had clearly failed.

To Banerjee calling the situation in Kolkata an “emergency”, Javadekar hit back: “This is not Narendra Modi”s emergency but Mamata Banerjee’s emergency in Bengal. She is on a dharna to save herself from the CBI.”

Additionally, BJP minister Smriti Irani questioned why a chief minister was protesting for a police chief. “The fact that paramilitary forces had to be deployed for the protection of (CBI) 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 the West Bengal,” said the union minister.

The BJP also took potshots at Rahul Gandhi for his tweet expressing support for Mamata Banerjee last evening. “Diagnosed: Multiple Personality Disorder is characterized by at least two distinct and enduring personality states – there is trouble remembering certain events, beyond ordinary forgetfulness. These states alternately show in person’s behavior. Get well soon, Rahul ji,” the BJP tweeted.

(With inputs from agencies)