New Delhi: Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar, who is currently under the CBI lens pertaining to the Saradha and Rose Valley chit fund scams, has been posted as ADG and IGP, Criminal Investigation Department (CID), West Bengal. Whereas, Anuj Sharma has been appointed as the new Kolkata Police Commissioner. Also Read - 'Not an Appropriate Case For Custodial Interrogation', Calcutta HC Grants Anticipatory Bail to Rajeev Kumar in Saradha Scam
The CBI filed a contempt petition in the Supreme Court against Kumar on February 4 for alleged non-cooperation on the Saradha chit-fund scam. Kumar was then grilled by the top agency for five consecutive days in Shillong, last week. Also Read - Saradha Chit Fund Scam: Alipore Court Reserves Order on Rajeev Kumar’s Anticipatory Bail Plea
Rajeev Kumar then wrote to the CBI seeking to give him a “break” so that he can prepare his reply to the contempt petition filed by the CBI in the Supreme Court against him and two other senior officers earlier this month. Also Read - Saradha Chit Fund Scam: CBI Searches For Former Kolkata Top Cop Rajeev Kumar, Arrest Likely Today
“He (Kumar) had submitted a letter to the CBI requesting to give him a break so that he can prepare his reply to the contempt petition filed in the Supreme Court against him,” a CBI official told IANS.
Soon after the CBI grilled him for three hours on February 13, Wednesday, Kumar left for Kolkata via Guwahati. Kumar had arrived in Shillong on February 8 from Kolkata via Guwahati after the Supreme Court directed him to join the CBI probe at a “neutral place” in Shillong.
The CBI also confronted former Trinamool Congress MP Kunal Ghosh with Rajeev Kumar in connection with the investigation conducted by Kolkata Police’s Special Investigation Team on the chit fund scams in West Bengal.
Ghosh, who had left Shillong on February 12, Tuesday, said that he has lodged an “official complaint” against Kumar for allegedly influencing the ongoing probe.
“I have lodged a written complaint with the CBI against Kumar…. During our face to face interrogation on February 10, certain Kolkata Police officers were named. But Kumar called up some of those officers after leaving the CBI office that night,” Ghosh alleged.
“When I had sought justice in 2013, Kumar had not cared for me. I felt bad to see that an IPS officer like him has to face hours of questioning like this. Had he played an active role at that time, he would not have to face the CBI interrogation now,” he added.
Ghosh had earlier implicated former Union Minister Mukul Roy, who has quit the Trinamool Congress to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and 12 others in the Saradha chit fund case. The CBI is likely to move the Supreme Court seeking permission to quiz Saradha Group Chairman Sudipta Sen and his close aide Debjani Mukherjee in connection with the chit fund case.
With IANS reports