Spl CBI team in Kol to search for ex-top cop

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Nation - Ro­hit Khanna

Kolkata: The CBI flew in a 12mem­ber team to help them track down the “un­trace­able” CID ad­di­tional-di­rec­tor gen­eral Ra­jeev Ku­mar on Wed­nes­day, the same day that Ku­mar ap­pealed be­fore an Ali­pore court say­ing the CBI needed a “go-ahead” from the Ben­gal govern­ment be­fore act­ing against him in the Saradha scam case.

The spe­cial team — formed on Tues­day and com­pris­ing hand-picked of­fi­cers from the agency’s of­fices in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh — in­cludes two of­fi­cers of the rank of police su­per­in­ten­dent. It was con­sti­tuted to zero in on Ku­mar as the CBI’s Kolkata unit was get­ting in­creas­ingly bogged down try­ing to stay a step ahead of his le­gal moves, said sources.

Ku­mar’s lawyer, Gopal Hal­dar, cited pro­vi­sions un­der CrPC Sec 197 which says courts must have govern­ment sanc­tion be­fore prose­cut­ing a pub­lic ser­vant. This ap­plies to cases in which the al­leged of­fence was com­mit­ted while dis­charg­ing pub­lic duty.

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