On Day 2, CBI grills both Ku­mar & Ghosh

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE - —PTI

Shil­long: For the sec­ond day run­ning, Kolkata Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Ra­jeev Ku­mar and for­mer TMC MP Ku­nal Ghosh were ques­tioned at the CBI of­fice here in con­nec­tion with the Saradha chit fund scam.

The ques­tion­ing of Ku­mar comes as per the di­rec­tions of the Supreme Court.

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, of­fi­cials 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.

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.

“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,” he told me­di­a­per­sons be­fore en­ter­ing the CBI of­fice.

The for­mer Tri­namool Congress MP was ar­rested in 2013 in the Saradha ponzi scam and has been out on bail since 2016. The CBI is likely to con­front him with Ku­mar.

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

Ra­jeev Ku­mar

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