Kolkata top cop, ex-MP grilled

THE KOLKATA Po­lice chief was quizzed for nearly nine hours on Satur­day by three se­nior CBI of­fi­cers about his al­leged role in tam­per­ing of cru­cial ev­i­dence in the case, they said.

Deccan Chronicle - - Nation -

Shil­long, Feb. 10: The CBI ques­tioned Kolkata Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Ra­jeev Ku­mar and for­mer TMC MP Ku­nal Ghosh by mak­ing them sit face to face at the probe agency's of­fice here in con­nec­tion with the Saradha chit fund and Rose Val­ley scams, of­fi­cials said Sun­day.

The marathon in­ter­ro­ga­tion of Ku­mar on the sec­ond day, that be­gan at 10.30 am has got over. The ques­tion­ing by the CBI was be­ing done as per the di­rec­tions of the Supreme Court.

A two-mem­ber CBI team, who are the In­ves­ti­gat­ing Of­fi­cers in the Saradha and Rose Val­ley scams, ar­rived here in the af­ter­noon.

Ku­mar and Ghosh were grilled in the ini­tial pe­riod by a 10-mem­ber team of the CBI, the of­fi­cials said. The Kolkata Po­lice chief was quizzed for nearly nine hours on Satur­day by three se­nior CBI of­fi­cers about his al­leged role in tam­per­ing of cru­cial ev­i­dence in the case, they said.

Ku­mar had led the spe­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion team (SIT) formed by West Ben­gal Chief Min­is­ter Ma­mata Ban­er­jee to probe the Saradha scam be­fore the case was handed over to the CBI by the apex court.

Of­fi­cials in Delhi said the CBI has not ac­ceded to the de­mand of Ku­mar to have his ques­tion­ing ses­sion videographed.

It is done in cases of cus­to­dial in­ter­ro­ga­tions, they said.

There were re­ports quot­ing lawyer of Ku­mar that his ques­tion­ing ses­sions are be­ing video recorded by the CBI on his re­quest.

Ghosh, who ar­rived here shortly af­ter 10 am, sought bless­ings of god­dess Saraswati at a pan­dal, barely 100 me­tres from the CBI of­fice, be­fore en­ter­ing the highly se­cured of­fice of the in­ves­ti­gat­ing agency at Oak­land.

“Both were ques­tioned and made to sit face to face in the later half of the day. Each of them were ques­tioned sep­a­rately in the ini­tial pe­riod,” an of­fi­cial privy to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion told PTI, re­quest­ing anonymity.

The for­mer Tri­namool Congress MP was ar­rested in 2013 in the Saradha ponzi scam and has been out on bail since 2016.

Ghosh, be­fore en­ter­ing the CBI premises, told me­dia per­sons, ”I have no com­ments (to make). I have been asked to at­tend a hear­ing at this of­fice. All along I have been co­op­er­at­ing with the in­ves­ti­gat­ing agency. So, I came to at­tend it.”

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