Former Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar.
Former Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar.

CBI summons former Kolkata top cop for questioning in Saradha scam

  • The probe agency had summoned Kumar on Saturday as well
  • Kolkata HC rejected Kumar’s plea, seeking an extension of protection from arrest in the Saradha chit fund scam

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday summoned Kolkata’s former top cop, Rajeev Kumar, to appear before it for questioning in the Saradha scam later today, two days after Kumar’s plea for protection from arrest was struck down by the Kolkata High Court.

The probe agency had summoned Kumar on Saturday as well, but he did not respond to the summons.

On Friday, the Kolkata High Court rejected Kumar’s plea, seeking an extension of protection from arrest in the Saradha chit fund scam, with the CBI serving him a notice to appear for questioning on Saturday.

Kumar, currently the West Bengal CID additional director general, was part of a Special Investigation Team set up by the state government to investigate the multi-crore-rupee Saradha scam before the Supreme Court handed over the case to the CBI in 2014, along with other chit fund cases.

In March, the Supreme Court said the CBI's findings were “serious," and asked the probe agency to file its application against Kumar.

A team of CBI officials was, in February this year, detained by the Kolkata Police after it went to the Kumar’s residence to question him in connection with the Saradha chit fund case.

Thousands of investors were left in the lurch by the scam and it led to the arrest of many leaders and ministers of the Trinamool Congress. All of them are now out on bail.

Saradha group founder Sudipta Sen and his associate Debjani Mukherjee, arrested in 2013 from Kashmir, remain in custody.

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