Shillong: Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar appeared before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for the second consecutive day in Shillong on Sunday for questioning in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam and other ponzi schemes. The CBI sources, as quoted by news agency ANI, informed that the proceedings are not being videographed by the probe agency.
The development came amid media reports which claimed that the Kolkata police chief has insisted on video recording of the questioning by the CBI on Sunday ‘so that no allegations surface against him that he did not cooperate’.
Kumar, a 1989-batch IPS officer, was questioned by the investigative agency’s sleuths for over eight hours on Saturday over the Supreme Court order.
Besides, former Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Kunal Ghosh also appeared before the CBI. Reports stated that the probe agency may confront Kumar with Ghosh. However, a final call will be taken by the investigation officer who is present in Shillong. “Ghosh has on several occasions claimed that Kumar had tried to influence the SIT investigation by West Bengal government. We may make Ghosh and Kumar sit face to face for questioning today,” a CBI officer told PTI on the condition of anonymity.
The CBI, for investigation, is relying on a 91-page letter from Ghosh to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) which spoke about the role of Kumar in handling the ponzi scam probe after the main accused Sudipta Sen and Debjani Mukherjee, both promoters of Saradha group of companies, had fled to Kashmir, from where they were arrested in 2013.
Kumar was questioned by the special team of ten officers constituted by the CBI. Reportedly, a 22-page questionnaire was prepared by the agency to grill him. In line with the Supreme Court’s order, Kumar was asked to appear before the CBI at Shillong – a mutually accepted location by both Kumar and the CBI.
The Kolkata Police commissioner had arrived in the capital city of Meghalaya on Friday along with his lawyer Biswajit Deb and two other IPS officers.
The Supreme Court had, on Tuesday, directed Kumar to appear before the CBI in Shillong in connection with the two scams. However, the court had also said that the CBI cannot arrest Kumar.