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Saradha chit fund scam: ‘Very, very serious’ revelations made by CBI, says SC

The Supreme Court while hearing the Saradha case it could not ‘close its eyes’ if some ‘very, very serious facts’ are disclosed to it

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Tuesday termed as “very, very serious” the revelations made by the CBI in its fresh status report relating to the recent interrogation of the then Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam case.

Rajeev Kumar was the head of the special investigation team investigating the chit fund scam. The apex court said, since the CBI’s report has been filed in a sealed envelope, the court cannot pass any order at this time without hearing the other side.

At the same time, the bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said it could not “close its eyes” if some “very, very serious facts” are disclosed to it.

The apex court directed the CBI to file an application seeking action against Kumar for his non-compliance. Kumar earlier headed the state SIT on the chit fund scam.

The bench, which comprised Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna too, granted 10 days to the probe agency for filing the application.

Kumar and others can respond to the plea in seven days.

The apex court was hearing the CBI’s contempt application against various senior officials of the West Bengal government including State’s DGP and then Kolkata police chief on the ground of non-cooperation in its probe and alleged destruction of evidence.

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