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Mamata Calls off 3-day Dharna Over CBI Raid Against Kolkata Top Cop, Will Take Fight to Delhi

Banerjee said she was calling off her dharna after consulting leaders of major opposition parties and following a 'favourable' court order.

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Updated:February 6, 2019, 7:39 AM IST
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Mamata Calls off 3-day Dharna Over CBI Raid Against Kolkata Top Cop, Will Take Fight to Delhi
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee leaves after announcing the end of her three-day long 'Save Constitution' dharna in Kolkata on Feb 5, 2019.
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New Delhi: Hailing her over three days' dharna as victory for the constitution and democracy, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee called off her protest against the CBI's move to raid the residence of Kolkata Police Commissioner in ponzi scam cases.

Banerjee said she was calling off her dharna after consulting leaders of major opposition parties and following "a favourable court order".

“The request came from all political parties and hence I am calling off the dharna. The Court gave a positive judgment today. Next week, we will continue to take up the issue in Delhi," said Mamata.

Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court cautioned the CBI against using any coercive measure, including arrest, against Rajeev Kumar.

In another development, the Ministry of Home Affairs has written to chief secretary of west Bengal seeking disciplinary action against Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar for sharing stage with Mamata.

"Why is the central government so scared? Has Rajeev become their nightmare? I do not know what is going on. He never joined the dharna. Absolutely blatant lie," Banerjee told reporters after calling off her demonstration.

She had been sitting on the dharna since Sunday night at the Metro channel in Esplanade area, the spot where she had held a 26-day fast against the acquisition of farm land for the Tata Motors small car unit at Singur in 2006.

On Tuesday TDP chief and Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu visited Mamata and shared the stage with her. He said said that the Bengal CM will be the main face of opposition. He further predicted that The TMC will win all 42 seats in the state in the Lok Sabha election.

The Supreme Court had earlier in the day directed Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar to appear before the CBI and "faithfully" cooperate into the investigation of cases arising out of the Saradha chit fund scam, while making it clear that he will not be arrested.

To avoid all "unnecessary controversy", the apex court also directed the Commissioner of Kolkata police to appear before the investigating agency at a neutral place in Shillong, on such dates as may be fixed by the probe agency.

Earlier on Monday, Tejashwi Yadav of RJD and Kanimozhi of DMK had visited her at the dharna spot.

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