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New Delhi: The pressure is mounting on former Kolkata top cop Rajeev Kumar with the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) launching a manhunt for Kumar, a senior CBI official said.

The agency is also set to move court for an issuance of an arrest warrant against Kumar, after he failed to appear for questioning, despite repeated summons.

“a special team is being constituted to trace the location of Rajeev Kumar to join the investigation at the earliest as he has been evading investigation so far," the CBI official told Mint.

On Tuesday, the agency asked Kumar to appear before it for questioning in the Saradha scam case at 10am. However, Kumar failed to appear, prompting the agency to move court for further action.

A senior CBI official, aware of the developments said, “We asked the director general of police but he said that the message from CBI had been appropriately forwarded to Kumar. He did not appear before us on Tuesday either. The agency will now move court against him to take further action."

The CBI had summoned the former top cop, to appear before it for questioning in the Saradha scam on Monday as well, while on Friday, Kumar’s protection from arrest was struck down by the Kolkata High Court.

While the agency summoned him on Saturday as well, Kumar did not respond to the summons.

On Friday, the Kolkata High Court set aside its order that granted him interim protection from arrest in the Saradha chit fund scam, while the CBI served him a notice to appear for questioning on Saturday.

The court rejected Kumar’s plea for quashing of the CBI notice seeking his appearance for questioning, the high court said allegation of the petitioner that he has been singled out and targeted cannot be true.

Rajeev Kumar, currently the West Bengal CID Additional Director General and formerly the top cop, was part of a Special Investigation Team set up by the state government to investigate the scam before the Supreme Court handed over the case to the CBI in 2014, along with other chit fund cases.

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