Ex-Kol top cop de­fi­ant, ‘ig­nores’ CBI no­tice

Sends Email Seek­ing A Month’s Time

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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.

Full re­port on www.toi.in

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