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.
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.