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Welcome Supreme Court verdict, our case is very strong: CM Mamata Banerjee

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WION Web Team Kolkata, West Bengal, India Feb 05, 2019, 11.40 AM (IST)

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee claimed "moral victory" after the Supreme Court asked the police commissioner of Kolkata Rajeev Kumar to appear before the CBI court. 

"We always wanted to cooperate, Centre has its own jurisdiction, states have theirs," West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said from the podium where she is on a dharna for the past three days.

"We welcome the Supreme Court verdict, our case is very strong," the West Bengal chief minister added. Mamata accused the central government of "political vendetta".

"All the citizens of this country will be the PM," she said, "We don't want a single Modi, all the people are entitled to prime ministership."

"Rajeev Kumar never said he will not be available. He said we want to meet at a mutual place,if you want to ask for any clarification, you can come and we can sit," the West Bengal chief minister told reporters.

Just to enter every house, just to arrest. Nobody is the big boss of this country," Mamata said while hitting out the CBI and the Centre. "Democracy and our constitution are the Bigg Boss of this country. They cannot fight a court case."

"I am not pleading for Rajeev Kumar I am pleading for millions of Indians. They have also filed contempt petition that is also not entertained," she said.

"What they started doing? They wanted to arrest him. They went to his house, on a secret operation on Sunday, without any notice. That court said "no arrest. We are so obliged. It will strengthen the morale of the officers,"  Mamata said.

Supreme Court while deliberating on the case said no coercive steps, including arrest of Kolkata police chief Rajeev Kumar should take place. The top court also directed the West Bengal chief secretary, DGP and the Kolkata Police commissioner to file replies on contempt pleas moved by CBI against them. 

Replies in the contempt petition filed by the CBI has to be placed by West Bengal chief secretary, DGP on or before Feb 18, India's highest court said.