New Delhi: In a move that spells mounting trouble for Kolkata’s former police commissioner Rajeev Kumar, the Supreme Court, on Tuesday, said the Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI's) findings were “serious," and asked the probe agency to file its application against Kumar within the next 10 days.
While the Supreme Court has asked Kumar to reply to the CBI status report, which was filed by the probe agency in a sealed cover, the top court also noted that “there are some things" in it (the CBI report) “which are very serious."
The CBI, in its report, said there were serious discrepancies in the interrogation details and those submitted by the Kolkata Police, and alleged that the material submitted by the Kolkata police had been tampered with. The probe agency alleged that while the CD shared was empty, the police officials had been uncooperative during the probe.
On the night of 3 February, in a face-off between the probe agency and the Kolkata Police, a tussle broke out between the two forces in Kolkata, wherein a team of CBI officials was detained by the Kolkata Police after it arrived at the residence of the then Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar at Loudon Street to question him in connection with the Saradha chit fund case.
The move by the state police followed speculation that Rajiv Kumar would be summoned for interrogation in relation with the fund scam cases, including the Saradha case. However, the team of CBI officials was stopped by a Kolkata Police unit.
Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said the status report will now have to be filed with the application. As of now, the Kolkata police do not have the status report and information regarding the charges argued in the top court.
Once the application is filed by the probe agency, the Kolkata police will file its reply.
CJI Gogoi added that since the findings were serious, no order will be passed by the Supreme Court before the “opposite party (Kolkata police) has been given an opportunity to state their side of the story."