Kolkata: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is currently on the lookout for Kolkata police chief Rajeev Kumar who allegedly went missing after he was summoned in connection with the Rose Valley and Saradha ponzi scams. CBI officials said that they are likely to arrest Kumar if he keeps evading arrest.
Phone calls to Kumar’s residence failed to connect and his cellphone went unanswered, said officials. According to officials, the police officer is fearing arrest after Bengali film producer Shrikant Mohta was taken into custody in connection with the case.
The IPS officer of the West Bengal cadre, who led a Special Investigation Team (SIT) of West Bengal Police probing the scams, might be questioned regarding the documents and files that went missing in the case. As per CBI, Kumar is not responding to notices to appear before the investigative agency.
On Thursday, Kumar skipped the meeting with Election Commission of India (ECI) and did not even meet the officials who visited Kolkata to oversee poll preparedness.
Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora had sought an explanation from the state government over the absence of Kumar at a meeting in Kolkata on Thursday, where the poll panel discussed election preparations with senior officials.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee apologised for Kumar not being present in the meeting. “Rajeev Kumar is working as the city police commissioner for over three years and he is now on leave. If the CEC says so, I am sorry for that,” Banerjee said when asked about the entire episode.
The Rose Valley and Saradha scams involve funds amounting to Rs 15,000 crore and Rs 2,500 crore respectively. CBI officials claim that the accused in both the cases have links with members of the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) in West Bengal.
Bengal filmmaker and distributor Shrikant Mohta was arrested by CBI officials on January 24 in the multi-crore Rose Valley chit fund scam.