TO CATCH A CHIEF

India Today - - UPFRONT -

The CBI is tear­ing Kolkata down in its hunt for for­mer city po­lice com­mis­sioner Ra­jeev Ku­mar. The of­fi­cer is wanted in con­nec­tion with the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam, in which the CBI be­lieves he tam­pered with ev­i­dence. Agency sleuths have scanned re­sorts, lux­ury ho­tels, po­lice guest­houses, pri­vate suites and nurs­ing homes in search of the elu­sive IPS of­fi­cer. His se­cu­rity per­son­nel, travel agents, wife and driver, too, have been grilled, but Ku­mar con­tin­ues to dodge them. The CBI be­lieves Ku­mar is still in West Ben­gal—the an­tic­i­pa­tory bail pe­ti­tions sub­mit­ted in var­i­ous courts in the state bear his sig­na­ture. Ku­mar en­joys the sup­port of the state ma­chin­ery, claims the agency. That ex­plains a lot.

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