West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee calls off 3-day dharna

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday evening ended her three-day long dharna.

The move came after the Supreme Court cautioned the CBI against using any coercive steps including arrest against Kolkata Police commissioner Rajeev Kumar.

Mamata said, “the Court gave a positive judgment today. Next week, “we will take up in Delhi.”

The protest was a victory for the Constitution and the democracy, Mamata added.

“After consulting leaders of major opposition parties and positive decision of Supreme Court, we are calling off dharna,” said Mamata. Opposition leaders including Chandrababu Naidu and Tejashwi Yadav had visited her at the dharna spot.

Mamata Banerjee launched indefinite sit-in on Sunday in protest against the alleged “CBI misuse” by the Central government.

On Sunday, five CBI officers were detained by Kolkata police officers after they reached Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar’s official residence to question him in the Saradha chit fund scam case.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday moved the Supreme Court against the showdown on Sunday after the Kolkata police detained CBI officers outside Kolkata Commissioner Rajeev Kumar’s residence.

The Supreme Court today directed Rajeev Kumar to make himself available to CBI in investigations related to the Saradha chit fund scam. 

However, SC said that no coercive steps including arrest shall be taken against Kumar.