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