New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) director to file an affidavit within two weeks in support of the agency’s claim that former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar had tampered with call data records of Saradha chit fund scam accused. The apex court posted the hearing of contempt plea on March 26. Also Read - SC Rejects Chanda Kochhar’s Appeal Against HC Order Dismissing Her Plea Over Termination
CBI Director Rishi Kumar Shukla has been asked by a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna to provide information in support of tampering with call data records by Kumar who was then heading the state’s Special Investigation Team (SIT) while probing the Saradha chit fund scam case. Also Read - Shekhar Suman Speaks on Sushant Singh Rajput Death Case Again, Says Agencies Are Helpless in Absence of Evidence
Since the allegations made by CBI were serious in nature, the top court said the investigative agency had to disclose full details of the alleged contempt committed by Kumar. Also Read - CBI Raids 40 Places Across 3 States In Connection With Illegal Coal Trade
The CBI had filed a contempt petition in the apex court against Kumar on February 4 for alleged non-cooperation in the Saradha chit-fund scam probe. He was grilled by the top agency for five consecutive days in Shillong. Kumar had then written to the CBI seeking a break so that he could prepare his reply to the contempt petition against him and two other senior officers earlier this month.
It must be noted that the affidavit does not name West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.