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CBI seeks SC nod to arrest Kol ex-top cop Says Kumar Hid Proof, Let Ponzi Firms Collect Funds

April 07, 2019 06:57 AM


CBI seeks SC nod to arrest Kol ex-top cop
Says Kumar Hid Proof, Let Ponzi Firms Collect Funds

New Delhi:

CBI on Saturday sought the Supreme Court’s permission to arrest and interrogate former Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar in the multi-crore chit fund scam cases following the court’s March 26 observation that there is “something very, very serious” in his role in the matter.

CBI’s decision to move the SC comes after the court’s comment on the agency’s status report on Kumar’s questioning in Shillong. Indicating the apprehensions raised by the report, the application, to be taken up for hearing by a bench headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi on Monday, accuses Kumar of deliberately suppressing crucial evidence, being evasive over tampering of call data records and allowing chit fund groups — Saradha and Rose Valley — to continue collecting money from unsuspecting people despite the West Bengal police registering cases in the scam.

CBI said the tone and tenor of Kumar’s replies during his interrogation by CBI which was done on the orders of the SC, suggests he was being deliberately evasive in his efforts to mislead the agency to probably “shield someone”. The agency had earlier told the SC that “inaction, selective action, police and chit fund nexus and functioning of the SIT (which probed the scam for a year till the SC entrusted it to CBI in 2014) was in fact used to shield companies such as Saradha, Rose Valley and Tower Group etc, which have given huge contributions (even by way of cheques) to the party in power in West Bengal (TMC).”

On February 5, the SC protected Kumar from arrest but had asked him to submit to interrogation by CBI at a neutral venue, Shillong, following the fracas in Kolkata where members of a CBI team were detained by the Bengal police from when they sought to question Kumar, who was then the Kolkata police commissioner. Following this, the SC initiated contempt proceedings against state chief secretary Malay De, DGP and Kumar on an application filed by the CBI. The agency is seeking vacation of the February 5 interim protection from arrest to Kumar.

CBI had also complained to the SC about non-cooperation from mobile telephone service providers — Airtel and Vodafone — in providing complete CDRs of chit fund scam accused, as the record handed over by the Kumar-led SIT was tampered with or incomplete. Both service providers had assured that they always cooperate with law enforcing agencies.

On March 26, the SC bench led by CJI Gogoi perused the CBI status report and said, “There is something which is very, very serious.” It said it would not be proper to pass orders on the basis of the status report without giving an Kumar opportunity to respond

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