Kolkata: The Kolkata police on Friday conducted raids at two places _ at Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)’s former interim director M Nageshwar Rao’s residence and at Angelina Mercantile Pvt Ltd in the Salt Lake area. While earlier reports suggested that Rao’s wife had a stake in the company, the top sleuth issued a press statement refuting any link with it.
Rao further explained the ownership details of the company and stated that neither he nor his wife had any connection with the same. He added that details of all of his and his family’s properties had been attached in the Annual Property Returns to the government which were available on the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) website.
Rao added that all that is happening, appears to be propaganda. In a statement dated, October 30, 2018, Rao had refuted any link with Angela Mercantile Pvt Ltd.
Meanwhile, Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar arrived in Shillong on Friday. He will be questioned by the CBI in the Meghalaya capital on Saturday, February 9, in connection with the Saradha scam.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on February 7 had asked the West Bengal government to take action against five IPS officers in the state who had participated in CM Mamata Banerjee’s dharna in Kolkata on February 4. As per reports, the Centre is considering stripping the medals of those five IPS officers.
Launching a tirade against PM Modi, Banerjee said that she would bestow on them the highest state award if the officers in question were stripped of their medals.
Kumar, a 1989-batch IPS officer, was heading the Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed by the West Bengal government to probe the Saradha case.
The CBI has placed ten officers from its Delhi, Bhopal and Lucknow units in its Kolkata office, who are probing the chit-fund scam cases, till February 20 to provide additional manpower during questioning of high-profile suspects, including the Kolkata police chief.
The officials, including a Superintendent of Police (SP), three Assistant SPs and two Deputy SPs, will work with Kolkata’s Economic Offence Wing of the agency from February 8 to 20. They will report to the Joint Director.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court while hearing an application moved by the CBI had directed Kumar to appear before the investigative agency in Shillong and cooperate in the investigation. The apex court, however, added that the CBI could not arrest Kumar.
The next hearing has been fixed for February 20.