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West Bengal CM is following Kejriwal's footsteps by staging dharna: Ravi Shankar Prasad  

File photo of Ravi Shankar Prasad Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 04, 2019, 05.23 PM (IST)

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday slammed West Bengal Chief Minister for staging a sit-in over the CBI's attempt to question Kolkata Police commissioner Rajeev Kumar in connection with chit fund scams.

Prasad stated that by staging a dharna the West Bengal CM, "is following the footsteps of Arvind Kejriwal".

"What is happening? A Police Commissioner is sitting on a dharna with politicians? What is the meaning of this?" he said.

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"In 2014 Congress tweeted Rahul Gandhi's statement that 20 lakh people lost their money in chit fund scam in West Bengal. We took oath on May 26, 2014, so all these inquiries in Narada, Saradha scams started before us," Prasad added. 

Home Minister Rajnath Singh Monday said there may be a constitutional breakdown in West Bengal in the wake of the Kolkata Police-CBI face-off and asserted that the Centre has the power to take action.

Amidst uproar in the Lok Sabha, he also termed as "unprecedented" the move to stop the probe agency from performing its duty.

Meanwhile, West Bengal Governor KN Tripathi has submitted a report to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on the situation that unfolded in the city after a CBI team was allegedly obstructed by the police from questioning Kolkata Police chief Rajeev Kumar in the Saradha scam, Raj Bhavan sources said Monday.

The contents of the report were, however, not immediately known, news agency PTI reported. 

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"The governor has submitted his report to the MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs). Today in the morning he spoke to Union Home Minister Rajanth Singh," sources told PTI.

In an unprecedented development, a number of CBI officers, who had gone to question Rajeev Kumar in connection with chit fund scam cases, were bundled into police jeeps, whisked to a police station and briefly detained on Sunday.

Hours after the incident, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee began a sit-in right in front of the Metro Cinema to protest "insults" she faced at the hands of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah and claimed the CBI knocked on the doors of Kumar without a search warrant.

(With inputs from PTI

Story highlights

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee is staging a sit-in over the CBI's attempt to question Kolkata Police commissioner Rajeev Kumar in connection with chit fund scams.