Kolkata top cop ques­tioned again

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Nation - David Lait­phlang let­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

SHIL­LONG: The Cen­tral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (CBI) ques­tioned Kolkata Po­lice com­mis­sioner Ra­jeev Kumar for the se­cond con­sec­u­tive day in Shil­long on Sun­day in con­nec­tion with the Saradha ponzi scan­dal, an of­fi­cial of the agency said.

Dur­ing in­ter­ro­ga­tion, Kumar was brought face to face with for­mer Tri­namool Congress par­lia­men­tar­ian Ku­nal Ghosh, who too has been brought to the Shil­long of­fice for in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Ghosh was ar­rested in 2013 and sub­se­quently sus­pended by the party. He has been out on bail since 2016.

Ini­tially, Ghosh was in­ter­viewed in a sep­a­rate room, but they were brought to­gether briefly late in evening, the of­fi­cial said. Kumar’s ques­tion­ing be­gan around 10:30am, the of­fi­cial added. The 1989 batch IPS of­fi­cer was ques­tioned for about eight hours on Sat­ur­day.

The Cen­tral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion is prob­ing al­le­ga­tions against Kumar re­lat­ing to the chit fund scan­dal in which at least two mil­lion peo­ple were cheated out of their sav­ings by the Saradha Group. The case in­volved fi­nan­cial ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties to the tune of ₹10,000 crore.

It came to light in 2013 when the firm, which had sev­eral other busi­ness in­ter­ests, col­lapsed.

The agency’s charge against Kumar, who led a spe­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion team that probed the case, is that he com­pro­mised ev­i­dence in the probe.

The Supreme Court has di­rected Kumar to ap­pear be­fore the CBI and co­op­er­ate in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion of cases aris­ing out of the scan­dal. The court chose Shil­long as the neu­tral meet­ing place “to avoid all un­nec­es­sary con­tro­versy” and made it clear that Kumar would not be ar­rested. The CBI ap­proached the Supreme Court af­ter its of­fi­cials were thwarted by Kolkata Po­lice when they had gone to Kumar’s of­fi­cial res­i­dence in the city to ques­tion him on Fe­bru­ary 3.

The of­fi­cial said the cen­tral agency has pre­pared a ques­tion­naire for Kumar, and the ques­tion­ing is done in a phased man­ner and it is be­ing videographed as re­quested by the Kolkata Po­lice chief.

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