CBI team be­gins quizzing Kolkata top cop in Shil­long

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - Htnation - David Lait­phlang

SHIL­LONG: A 12-mem­ber Cen­tral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (CBI) team be­gan ques­tion­ing Kolkata po­lice com­mis­sioner Ra­jeev Ku­mar in Shil­long on Satur­day in con­nec­tion with a chit fund scam, but made lit­tle head­way for most part of the eight-hour in­ter­ro­ga­tion, peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the sit­u­a­tion said on con­di­tion of anonymity.

It was only to­wards the evening that Ku­mar, ac­com­pa­nied by his lawyer Bish­wa­jit Deb, started to co­op­er­ate with the CBI, the peo­ple said.

Ku­mar ar­rived here on Fri­day and checked into a top her­itage ho­tel. He was taken to the CBI of­fice in the heart of the city on Satur­day and the in­ter­view com­menced at 11 am but even by late af­ter­noon, the CBI team had gleaned very lit­tle from the po­lice of­fi­cer, the peo­ple said. His lawyer and two po­lice of­fi­cers from Kolkata who had ac­com­pa­nied Ku­mar to the Megha­laya cap­i­tal, were asked to sit in a sep­a­rate room.

The in­ter­ro­ga­tion is likely to be shifted to a Shil­long sub­urb on Sun­day and be ex­pe­dited since the date of the next hear­ing in the Supreme Court is Fe­bru­ary 20.

The CBI is ques­tion­ing Ku­mar in con­nec­tion with the six-yearold Saradha Group chit fund scam, in which about 1.7 mil­lion to 1.8 mil­lion de­pos­i­tors -- mostly poor and lower mid­dle-class peo­ple -- lost their money. They had been lured by the prom­ise of high re­turns that an army of thou­sands of agents in a pyra­mid struc­ture sold in the mar­ket.

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