Ex-Kol top cop defiant, ‘ignores’ CBI notice
Sends Email Seeking A Month’s Time
Kolkata: Former Kolkata Police commissioner Rajeev Kumar “ignored” Friday’s CBI notice asking him to present himself on Saturday before officials probing the multi-crore Saradha ponzi scam case. Instead, he sent an email to the CBI, seeking a month’s time to appear before them.
Kumar, who is on leave from September 9 to 25, cited “personal reasons” for seeking time. “He has said that he needs time to tend to his wife, a senior IRS officer, who is unwell,” an official told TOI. Kumar is presently the West Bengal CID’s additional DG.
CBI officials, however, indicated that giving a month’s time to Kumar is “highly unlikely”. “We are looking into all documents and the request for more time. But we have already given him enough time and extensions,” a senior CBI official said.
Police officials said Kumar was in Kolkata and reportedly spent Saturday seeking legal advice on whether to move a special leave petition in the Supreme Court on Monday or move the Calcutta high court for anticipatory bail. Legal opinion, as of now, is inclined towards Kumar taking the apex court route.
The former top cop did not make any public appearance either on Friday or Saturday. Neither was there any response to text messages send to him from TOI.
A posse of around 25 cops was posted outside the entrance of the Park Street Kolkata Police complex — housing the offices of the deputy commissioner (south) and two assistant commissioners as well as residential quarters of a few senior officials including Rajeev Kumar — throughout Saturday.
Officially, police maintained they were on “law-and-order duty”. “There are important offices inside the complex. We decided to ensure only bona fide people found entry,” an IPS officer said told TOI. But some officers admitted there was “a high degree of concern” because of rumours that the CBI would come to arrest their former boss.
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