Kolkata: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) have arrived at former Kolkata Police Commissioner and a close aide of chief minister Mamata Banerjee, Rajeev Kumar’s house on Sunday evening. The question of Kumar getting arrested cannot be quashed. The 4-member CBI team under the leadership of Manish Upadhyay have reached his house. A notice have been issued to him, as per latest reports. He has been asked to appear before the CGO complex of May 27.
First the CBI officials went to Kolkata’s IPS quarter and started looking for him. But officials present there informed the CBI that presently Kumar does not stay there because he does not hold the position of Police Commissioner anymore.
Initially they went to this quarter at Loudon street. After not finding Kumar there, the CBI officials went to Park Street. They went to DC South Miraz Khalid’ office. The officials have a white paper in their hand and it is unclear as to what is it, an arrest warrant or any other document.
Earlier in the day, the CBI issued a Look Out Circular (LoC) against Rajeev Kumar in connection with Saradha Chit Fund case. The CBI maintains that they want custodial interrogation of Rajeev Kumar who has been summoned by the agency to join the investigation. As per media reports, the Look Out Circular was issued on May 23 and now all the airports and international border security agencies have been asked to stop Rajeev Kumar if he tries to leave the country.
Earlier, the Supreme Court had vacated its order granting protection to former Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar from arrest in the Saradha chit fund scam case. Now, the Supreme Court has allowed the CBI to “act in accordance with law” on the matter of the custodial interrogation of Rajiv Kumar.
According to the CBI, Rajeev Kumar was involved in tampering of evidence and protecting certain political people from an investigation into the Saradha and Rose Valley Chit fund scams.
Rajeev Kumar was earlier called for questioning by the CBI under court orders. The CBI claimed that, as the head of the SIT probing into the chit fund scam, Rajeev Kumar was responsible for the destruction of evidence to protect the accused.
The CBI had told the top court that it wanted custodial interrogation of Rajeev Kumar as there was prima facie evidence of his allegedly trying to destroy or tamper with evidence to protect the accused in the case.
Rajeev Kumar was earlier heading West Bengal Police SIT probing chit fund scam. The SIT was formed by the Mamata Banerjee government in 2013 and in 2014. The apex court had transferred the case to the CBI.