Kolkata/New Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has expressed her desire to meet Home Minister Amit Shah. This comes at a time when the CBI is pursuing former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar.
The CBI has, in fact, formed a special team to trace Kumar in connection with the Saradha chit fund case. Further, the CBI is conducting raids in many places to find him. According to sources, the premier investigating agency has sent three summonses to Rajeev Kumar. He has not yet appeared to depose before the agency.
In a major setback to Kumar, the CBI approached the Kolkata High Court for a non-bailable warrant (NBW) against him. The CBI has filed a petition before the court to issue a warrant against him.
The Kolkata High Court on Friday rejected Kumar’s interim bail plea. After this, the CBI has not been able to contact Rajeev Kumar.
The Supreme Court had in March termed as “very, very serious” the revelations made by the CBI in its status report relating to the interrogation of the then Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar before that month.
On 18 September, Mamata Banerjee reached out to Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his official residence. During the meeting, the chief minister presented sweets and a kurta to the prime minister. She also invited the prime minister to come to West Bengal.
After meeting Modi, Banerjee told reporters that her discussion with the prime minister was good. “I had not met him after he took over as the prime minister in the second term,” she told the journalists.
Mamata Banerjee said that she had demanded Rs 13,500 crore for the state. Also, the change of the name of the state has been pending, as the Centre rejected the proposal of different names to be used to refer to the province in different languages, one each for Bangla, Hindi and English. “We are ready to accept his suggestion,” the chief minister said.
Mamata Banerjee described the meeting with Modi as one between two important constitutional office bearers of the country.