The ED and CBI are conducting state-wide raids in various corruption cases in West Bengal, including school recruitment. But at this time, Amit Shah’s Delhi Police stopped the State Intelligence Police (CID) from conducting searches in Delhi’s chest in the Jharkhand MLA case.
The Chief Minister is going to Delhi to attend the NITI Aayog meeting this week. Talked separately with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday. Just before that, many consider this ‘conflict’ of the Delhi Police under the Union Home Ministry with the State Police to be significant. Allegations have been further fuelled by BJP-ruled Assam’s Guwahati also being accused of obstructing CID officers.
The Trinamool Congress alleged in Parliament that the Delhi Police did not allow the CID to search to obstruct the investigation due to allegations of MLA buying and selling by the BJP to topple the government in Jharkhand. Delhi Police sources, however, said that although the CID had a search warrant issued by the court, the investigating officer was not present in Delhi. The State’s counterclaim, though the officer was not there, was accompanied by an ‘authorization letter’.
Recently, the state police arrested three Congress MLAs from Jharkhand along with Rs 50 lakh cash in Howrah. Allegedly, the BJP was trying to ‘buy’ those three MLAs to topple Hemant Saren’s government in Jharkhand. Based on that investigation, a CID team went to search the house of a man named Siddhartha Majumdar in Delhi on Wednesday. But the Delhi Police kept the four CID officers in the South Campus police station throughout the day. Attempts to explain that the evidence would be lost were to no avail.
ADG of State Police (South Bengal) Siddhinath Gupta and IG (CID-2) Pranab Kumar went to Delhi in the afternoon after receiving the news. Another team of CID, which went to investigate the same case, was detained at Guwahati airport that day. The CID officers went to the airport authorities to ask for the video footage of last Friday. Allegedly, a team of Assam Police arrested the CID investigators and took them to the Police Commissionerate. Later, however, they were released.
The MLAs’ approach
On the day of this police crackdown, the three arrested MLAs of Jharkhand approached Calcutta High Court seeking a CBI investigation into the incident. On Wednesday, the hearing was held in the courtroom of Justice Moushumi Bhattacharya in the afternoon after the application on an urgent basis. Another hearing was held last Thursday.
According to Congress sources, Siddhartha, a businessman resident of Anandaniketan in Moti Bagh South, Delhi, was once known to be close to late Congress leader Ahmed Patel. The question of the political camp was, was the BJP trying to send money to Congress leaders of Jharkhand by using him as a ‘middleman’?
On Wednesday, Trinamool in Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha targeted the Modi government. Trinamool’s Sougata Roy said in the Lok Sabha, “Delhi police is obstructing the investigation of BJP’s money because the CID has come.”