New Delhi: Former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar has filed an affidavit before the Supreme Court claiming that the CBI seemed to be acting at the behest BJP leaders Mukul Roy and Kailash Vijayvargiya in the Saradha chit fund case, stated news agency ANI. Also Read - PNB Scam Case: After Nirav Modi Loses Legal Fight, India Says Will Liaise With UK For His Early Extradition | Key Points
In the affidavit, Kumar mentioned that an audio clip was available in public domain where the BJP leaders clearly spoke of ‘targeting’ a few ‘senior police officers’. Also Read - UPSC Exam 2021: Supreme Court Dismisses Plea Of Last Attempt Civil Service Candidates
The affidavit read, “The sudden inexplicable turn by the petitioner/CBI in pointing out problems with the investigation and targeting the alleged contemnor seems to be borne out of a larger conspiracy between two senior leaders Mukul Roy and Kailash Vijaywargiya of the BJP, the ruling party at the centre.” Also Read - Mukesh Ambani's $3.4 Billion Deal With Future Group Stalled After Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Amazon Plea
Kumar added that he was allegedly targetted due to political vendetta. Earlier in the day, Kumar told the apex court that he was unable to file his response on April 13 to the CBI’s plea seeking his arrest in the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam and sought an adjournment of the hearing. Taking that into consideration, a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi postponed the hearing on the plea of the probe agency till April 22.
The bench comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna said, “Indira Jaising, the senior counsel, submits that the counter affidavit of the respondent No 3 (Kumar) was required to be filed on Saturday (April 13) but Saturday being a holiday for the Registry, she may be allowed to file the same today. The said affidavit may be brought on record during the course of the day. Rejoinder affidavit, if any, be filed on or before April 20. The matter will be listed on April 22.”
The apex court had sought Kumar’s response on April 8 on the CBI’s plea seeking his arrest in the chit fund scam. On February 5, Kumar was granted protection from arrest and was directed to appear before the CBI and “faithfully” cooperate in the investigation of cases arising out of the scam. (With agency inputs)