SC order is our moral victory, says Mamata Banerjee

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KOLKATA: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said that the Supreme Court's direction is "our moral victory".

 

The top on Tuesday directed the CBI, no coercive steps, including the arrest of Kolkata Police chief Rajeev Kumar, will take place during the course of the investigation.

“The Supreme Court's order is a victory of the common man, democracy and the Constitution”, Banerjee said.

"We welcome the SC verdict. It is absolutely correct. Our case is very strong. We never said we will not cooperate. This is a political vendetta," she added.

The Supreme Court also directed Rajeev Kumar to make himself available before the CBI and "faithfully" cooperate with the agency in the investigation of cases arising out of the Saradha chit fund scam probe.

The West Bengal CM Mamata is on "Save India" dharna in front of Metro Cinema in the heart of Kolkata since Sunday night over the CBI's attempt to question the Kolkata Police commissioner in connection with chit fund scams.

"There must be some story behind this. Nobody can dare to speak against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Ours is a mass agitation and we are going to fight it unitedly," she added.

Earlier she had said, the CBI action was tantamount to stifling the spirit of Constitution and federalism in the country.

"We always respect the law and feel that things should run as per the law. But, if someone tries to destroy the pillars on which democracy stands, then there would be nothing left of the democratic process that we are so proud of”, she said.

Several opposition leaders, including Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav, TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu, DMK's Kanimozhi, RJD's Tejaswhi Yadav, have supported Banerjee's protest.

 

With inputs from PTI

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