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CBI wants to arrest ex-KP commissioner Rajeev Kumar

The CBI told the court that commissioner Kumar presented himself before the agency for questioning in Shillong after the Supreme Court order. But even then, he dodged the most relevant questions.

[pullquote]CBI says Rajeev Kumar is not cooperating in the investigation

He is accused of destroying evidence of the Saradha scam

The agency tells court Rajeev Kumar is not giving straight answers to questions[/pullquote]

New Delhi: The CBI filed a petition in the Supreme Court on Saturday seeking permission to arrest former police commissioner of Kolkata Rajeev Kumar in the Saradha chit fund case. In the petition, the investigation agency said it was necessary to interrogate Kumar in connection with the dispute and to ascertain the relationship between Saradha’s directors and politicians.

Rajeev Kumar is accused of destroying evidence of the Saradha scam.

The CBI team had reached Kolkata to question Kumar on 3 February. During this, the local police took the CBI officers into custody. Mamata sat on a protest thereafter for a few days against the CBI action thereafter.

The agency then filed a petition in the Supreme Court that directed Rajeev Kumar to appear before the agency and cooperate in the investigation.

CBI says Rajeev Kumar did not share concrete info

The agency told the court that commissioner Kumar presented himself before the agency for questioning in Shillong after the Supreme Court order. But even then, he dodged the most relevant questions.

Kumar did not share any concrete information related to this matter with the CBI, the agency complained. Not only this, he did not help the agency to gather evidence against the accused.

Kumar failed to collect evidence

The agency said that commissioner Kumar was the chief of the SIT formed to investigate the Ponzi scam. Despite this, he failed to gather important electronic evidence in the matter.

The agency wanted to interrogate Rajeev Kumar and other police officers in connection with the investigation of the scam and for better examination of the evidence collected during that time, the agency said in court.

Kumar’s affidavit a lie?

On 26 March, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi had headed the Supreme Court bench. The agency had told the court that day that some serious issues emerged from the available documents. Solicitor general Tushar Mehta, who is representing the CBI, had told the court that the affidavit filed by Kumar was misleading.

Court asked CBI to file application again

After this, the court asked the CBI to file a petition that supported the allegations — in addition to the facts known so far.

The agency filed a petition against the three accused in the apex court, which said that the accused deliberately defied the court’s decision.

Kumar headed SIT that investigated Saradha

The SIT was formed in 2013 to investigate the Saradha scam. It was led by 1989-batch IPS Rajeev Kumar.

In 2014, the Supreme Court had entrusted the investigation to the agency. After this, Rajeev Kumar was made the head of the Kolkata Police in January 2016.

Sardha chit fund scam worth Rs 2,460 crore

The alleged scam in West Bengal and adjoining States associated with the Saradha Group is estimated to be worth Rs 2,460 crore. In the investigation report of the West Bengal Police and Enforcement Directorate (ED), it has been revealed that 80% of depositors’ money is yet to be paid.

According to the investigation report, four companies of the Saradha group were used to make money through three schemes namely fixed deposit, recurring deposit and monthly income deposit.

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