CBI Issues Lookout Notice Against Mamata Aide Rajeev Kumar

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Kolkata: After ceding ground to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the recently held Lok Sabha election, new trouble seems to be brewing for the TMC chief and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has issued a Look Out Circular (LoC) against former Kolkata Police Commissioner and Mamata Banerjee’s close aide 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.

A Look Out Circular is a circular letter used by authorities to check whether a traveling person is wanted by the police. It may be used at immigration check points at international borders (like International airports or sea ports).

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.