CBI quizzes Ku­mar for 9 hrs, grilling to con­tinue

Deccan Chronicle - - Nation -

■ Three se­nior CBI of­fi­cers ques­tioned Ku­mar about his al­leged role in the tam­per­ing of cru­cial ev­i­dence in the scam.

Shil­long, Feb. 9: The CBI will con­tinue the ques­tion­ing of Kolkata Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Ra­jeev Ku­mar for the sec­ond day on Sun­day and for­mer TMC MP Ku­nal Ghosh will ap­pear in per­son at the in­ves­ti­gat­ing agency’s of­fice here for in­ter­ro­ga­tion in con­nec­tion with the Saradha chit fund scam, of­fi­cials said Satur­day.

Three se­nior CBI of­fi­cers ques­tioned Ku­mar for nearly nine hours on Satur­day about his al­leged role in the tam­per­ing of cru­cial ev­i­dence in the scam, the of­fi­cials said.

There was no brief­ing by the Cen­tral Bu­reau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (CBI) on the ques­tion­ing which be­gan at around 11 am at its highly se­cured of­fice at Oak­land here as per the di­rec­tions of the Supreme Court.

Mr Ku­mar’s coun­sel Biswa­jit Deb, who is also the TMC co­or­di­na­tor for Megha­laya, said Mr Ku­mar is “co­op­er­at­ing and com­ply­ing” with the CBI.

“He (Ku­mar) has come here on the or­ders of the Supreme Court. He has com­plied ear­lier and he is com­ply­ing now as per the or­ders,” he told re­porters out­side the CBI of­fice.

Mr Ku­mar led the spe­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion team (SIT) formed by West Ben­gal chief min­is­ter Ma­mata Ban­er­jee to in­ves­ti­ga­tion the chit fund scam be­fore the probe was handed over to the CBI by the apex court.

He will be present at the CBI of­fice for the sec­ond day to­mor­row, said Deb, who met Ku­mar along with two se­nior IPS of­fi­cers from West Ben­gal — Javed Shamim and Murlid­har Sharma — thrice dur­ing the day for brief pe­ri­ods.

Mr Ghosh had im­pli­cated BJP leader Mukul Roy, who was once the right-hand man of Ban­er­jee and 12 oth­ers in the Saradha scam.

The Supreme Court had di­rected Mr Ku­mar on Tues­day to ap­pear be­fore the CBI and “faith­fully” co­op­er­ate in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of cases aris­ing out of the Saradha chit fund scam.

The apex court had also di­rected Ku­mar to ap­pear be­fore the in­ves­ti­gat­ing agency at a neu­tral place in Shil­long “to avoid all un­nec­es­sary con­tro­versy” and made clear that he would not be ar­rested.

The CBI had moved the Supreme Court after its of­fi­cials were thwarted by Kolkata Po­lice when they had gone to Ku­mar’s of­fi­cial res­i­dence in Kolkata to ques­tion him on Fe­bru­ary 3.

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