Is Mamata Banerjee shielding Rajeev Kumar once again? CBI reaches state secretariat inquiring about ex top cop

Even after the Supreme Court allowing Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to question and getting notice from the same, Rajeev Kumar showed no signs of appearance for interrogation before the probe agency. As this happened, the CBI officials moved on Monday moved to the state secretariat and delivered letters for the chief secretary and home secretary. The agency also sought to know when Kumar would be joining duty. The orders of the Calcutta High Court withdrawing protection against arrest to Kumar were also attached with the letters.

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The CBI officials handed the letters in connection with Rajeev Kumar not appearing before the agency for the ongoing probe into the Saradha scam. Two officers of the CBI reached the state secretariat and delivered the letters one for Chief Secretary Malay De and another for Home Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay. The CBI, in the letters, sought to know the whereabouts of the police officer and the grounds on which he had gone on a month-long leave.

The CBI had served a fresh notice to Kumar on Friday asking him to appear before it on the following day. Kumar, who is now the additional director general of police in the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), failed to appear before the CBI sleuths after that. Secretariat sources said that the CBI, in the letters, has directed Kumar to appear before its officers by 2 pm on Monday.

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Saradha Chit fund scam is related to a Ponzi scheme set up by Saradha Group led by businessman Sudipto Sen in the early 2000s. A few years later, a large sum of money was raised by the Saradha group. In 2009, the fraudulent ways by which the company raised money started exploding. The Kolkata Police Commissioner was heading the SIT formed by WB Government to probe the Saradha Chit fund case. In February, a team of CBI officials arrived at Rajeev Kumar’s residence to arrest him. Drama in the case began from that point as West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee reached the location and opposed the arrest of the Police Commissioner by the CBI. Claiming it an attack on ‘Constitution’, Mamata Banerjee sat on a night-long ‘dharna’.


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