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SC to hear CBI plea against Kolkata Police Chief tomorrow, CJI says ‘no evidence right now’

Legal News, Nation, (New Delhi), February 4:-The Supreme Court will on Tuesday hear applications moved by the CBI alleging destruction of electronic evidence related to the Saradha chit fund scam case by the Kolkata Police commissioner.

The applications accusing Kolkata Police chief Rajeev Kumar of destroying evidence related to the case and him of indulging in contempt of court was mentioned by Solicitor General (SG) Tushar Mehta before a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjeev Khanna.

The bench declined the plea of the SG to hear the two applications on Monday in the post-lunch session, asking what the urgency was since the CBI officers who were detained by Kolkata Police while attempting to question Kumar were released on Sunday night.

The bench said it is open for the solicitor general or any other party to lay before the court any material or evidence to show that any West Bengal authority or police official is planning or trying to destroy evidence related to the case.

The top court said all material or evidence has to be placed before it by means of affidavit.

“We will come down heavily on him (Kolkata police commissioner) if there’s any material to show evidence is sought to be destroyed,” the CJI said.

“When did you file your plea? This morning and we’ve already read it. In fact, we were late to the court by a few minutes because we were reading your applications. And there’s no evidence of what you’re saying right now,” the CJI added.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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