A team of 10 Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officers will interrogate Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar in Shillong on February 9 in connection with the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam cases, officials said on Thursday. The development came two days after the Supreme Court directed Kumar to "faithfully" cooperate into the investigation. Kumar, a 1989-batch IPS officer, was heading the SIT formed by West Bengal government to probe Saradha and other similar Ponzi scheme cases.
The investigation agency has attached 10 officers from its Delhi, Bhopal and Lucknow units to its Kolkata office, which is probing the chit-fund scam cases, till February 20 to provide additional manpower during questioning of high-profile suspects, including the Kolkata police chief. A team led by Superintendent of Police Jagroop S Gusinha from the special unit in New Delhi will camp in Kolkata, according to an official order on Thursday.
"Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar has been summoned by CBI for questioning on 9 February," the news agency ANI reported.
Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar has been summoned by CBI for questioning on 9 February. pic.twitter.com/qKhG0ChJre— ANI (@ANI) February 7, 2019
The top court on Tuesday directed Kolkata Police Commissioner Kumar to appear before the CBI and "faithfully" cooperate into the investigation of cases related to the Saradha chit-fund scam, but made it clear he will not be arrested.
"State police was first to enter the premises of Saradha Group post-collapse and there are allegations that important documents which could have provided important leads were removed to cause the disappearance of evidence," a senior CBI official said on the condition of anonymity.
The agency, which wanted to probe the SIT members, was not getting a positive response from the police as many officials, including Kumar, gave excuses to evade questioning, they sad.
(With inputs from agencies)