New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to former-Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar on a fresh application of CBI seeking permission to arrest him and his custodial interrogation.  The next hearing in the case has been scheduled for April 15.

The CBI had approached Supreme Court seeking recall of the court’s February 5 order staying the arrest of former Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar to let the agency put him to custodial interrogation in the Saradha and Rose Valley ponzi scam cases.

In its plea to the top court, the agency said the recall of the order granting Kumar an interim protection from the arrest was necessary “to unravel the entire gamut of the larger conspiracy in the ponzi scam cases”.

The CBI also sought the court’s directions to the West Bengal authorities to comply with the court’s earlier orders “in letter and spirit” and not to create any hurdle in the CBI probe or try to “intimidate, harass and scare the agency officials” probing the cases.

“Recall the interim protection granted to Rajeev Kumar for no coercive steps, including arrest, granted by this court by order dated February 5, 2019 to enable the CBI to subject him to interrogation in accordance with the law to unravel the entire gamut of larger conspiracy in these ponzi scam cases and its subsequent investigation,” the CBI’s application said.

The agency had stated it needs to examine Kumar and other police officials to recover the material evidence and to investigate into the acts of omission and commission on the part of Bidhan Nagar police commissionerate and SIT officials in causing concealment of the evidence collected by them during investigation.

It said erstwhile Bidhan Nagar Police Commissioner Kumar besides the then deputy commissioner of police (detective department) and other SIT officials did not cooperate with the CBI in investigation and did not help in making available to it all the material evidence in the Ponzi scam cases.