Po­lice chief grilled on Rose Val­ley scam

CBI also ques­tions ex-Tri­namool MP


The Cen­tral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (CBI) on Sun­day in­cluded the Rose Val­ley scam in its on­go­ing in­ter­ro­ga­tion of Kolkata Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Ra­jeev Ku­mar in Shil­long in con­nec­tion with the Saradha chit fund scam.

Mr. Ku­mar was grilled for the sec­ond suc­ces­sive day, in­di­vid­u­ally and along with for­mer Tri­namool Congress Ra­jya Sabha mem­ber Ku­nal Ghosh, an ac­cused in the Saradha case.

Mr. Ghosh was ar­rested in Novem­ber 2013 and served three years in prison be­fore re­ceiv­ing bail.

Mr. Ku­mar’s ques­tion­ing be­gan at 10.20 a.m. In the post-lunch ses­sion, the fo­cus shifted to the Rose Val­ley chit fund case, with CBI’s in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer Chu­zom Sherpa join­ing the in­ter­ro­gat­ing team.

The ₹17,520-crore Rose Val­ley scam, which rocked West Ben­gal in 2013, was a big­ger fi­nan­cial fraud than Saradha. Mr. Ku­mar headed the Spe­cial In­ves­ti­ga­tion Team (SIT) set up by the West Ben­gal govern­ment to in­ves­ti­gate both cases.

“He was quizzed in­di­vid­u­ally, first in con­nec­tion with the Saradha case and then with the Rose Val­ley case be­fore the ac­cused (Mr. Ghosh) joined him in the evening,” a CBI of­fi­cer said on con­di­tion of anonymity.

‘Moral vic­tory’

Mr. Ghosh, whose in­ter­ro­ga­tion took place in tan­dem with that of Mr. Ku­mar, told re­porters: “The CBI is in­ter­ro­gat­ing the very po­lice of­fi­cer who grilled me. This is my moral vic­tory.”

Mr. Ghosh had ear­lier im­pli­cated BJP leader and for­mer Union Min­is­ter Mukul Roy and 12 oth­ers in the Saradha scam.

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