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Legal system saved political controversy in India
2/8/2019 11:12:07 PM
Though Mamata Banerjee called off her sit-in she has announcd that her fight against the centre would continue West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee called off her sit-in this evening after the Supreme Court forbade the CBI from taking coercive action against Kolkata police chief Rajeev Kumar. She sided with her Police Chief Rajeev Kumar despite the fact that CBI had gone to his office to investigate into various deals. The matter was taken to the Supreme court and Mamata Banerjee ended her dharna after the apex court directed the CBI against taking coercive action. In fact the war between CBI and the police Commissioner in West Bengal did not remain confined to the state but it assumed national dimensions with the Congress led grand alliance and the BJP. In reality the BJP was alone to defend its decision to support the CBI which was directed simply to investigate into several charges against Rajeev Kumar. The war of words between the BJP and its allies and Mamata Banerjee added to the confusion and some leaders gave the impression that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched ouster of West Bengal Chief Minister.
The Supreme Court today ordered Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar, who headed a Special Investigation Team that probed the Saradha chit fund scam, to "faithfully" cooperate with the CBI team, but protected him from arrest. If the judgement of the Supreme court is any indication neither the West Bengal Chief Minister nor Modi faced any defeat. It was a status quo phase where the apex court vindicated the CBI and also suggested to the CBI not to take any action against the Police Commissioner. It is for the first time that a Chief Minister has sided with the Police Chief in order to cut to size the activities of he CBI. But the apex court played a soft role and in its judgement it exonerated both the CBI and the Police commissioner. It is not yet clear how long the CBI be able to abide by the copurt decision/In case the CBI finds something fishy about the investigation it may refer the case back to the supreme court.
For the first time political crisis was resolved by the Court judgement. Had not the case been referred to the apex Court the matter could have assumed bigger political dimensions. And Mamata Banerjee had been thinking about joining the grand alliance but now she may be firm to join the grand alliance. She may not like to confront communists and at the same time she may be willing to fight against BJP and its allies. The BJP has no significant role in West Bengal and the CPI and CPI(M) could dislodge Mamata Banerjee but the way she is supported by voters it may be difficult for the communists to unseat her and her party. But this is an initial victory for Mamata and the BJP had not suffered complete defeat in the case because the Police Commissioner has been asked to cooperate with the CBI and the CBI has been directed not to take any punitive measures against Rajeev Kumar. In fact the legal system has prevented a political controversy from taking an ugly shape.
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