Kolkata: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is reportedly finalising the dates for interrogating Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar as per the Supreme Court’s order, said a senior officer on Wednesday.
“We are finalising the dates on which we are going to question him. It could be this weekend,” said the officer. As per reports, Kumar has written to the CBI officials stating his availability for questioning at its Shillong office this weekend.
The CBI on Monday had filed a contempt plea in the Supreme Court against West Bengal’s chief secretary, Director General of Police and Kolkata Police Commissioner for wilful and deliberate violation of apex court’s orders.
Following the filing of contempt plea by the CBI, the apex court on Tuesday issued a notice to Kumar in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam. The agency filed the plea after its team was prevented from entering Kumar’s residence, where it had gone earlier this week to question the top police officer in connection with the probe into the multi-crore scam.
The court has directed Kumar to appear before the CBI in Shillong for questioning, making it clear that he could not be arrested.
The applications accusing Kolkata Police chief Rajeev Kumar of destroying evidence related to the case and indulging in contempt of court were mentioned by Solicitor General (SG) Tushar Mehta before a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjeev Khanna.
Kolkata has been witnessing high voltage drama from February 3 after a group of CBI officials reached state police commissioner Rajeev Kumar’s residence to question him in the chit fund scams. Later, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee extended her support to Kumar and staged a dharna against PM Modi and Amit Shah.
She also alleged that National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval was giving instructions to the CBI at the behest of PM Modi and Amit Shah. “I am sorry to say National Security Advisor Ajit Doval is giving instructions to the agency. He is implementing what PM Narendra Modi is asking for. He should tell the people that it is not correct,” an agitated Banerjee had said.
Kumar had investigated the Saradha and Rose Valley chit fund scams in which several members of Mamata Banerjee’s party Trinamool Congress Party were charged or arrested. The CBI has alleged that he had ignored multiple summons over the past two years and that the agency wanted to ask him about missing evidence.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Andhra Pradesh counterpart Chandrababu Naidu, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath, DMK president MK Stalin, and former J&K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti had also extended their support to Mamata Banerjee.