CBI to question Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar in Shillong today

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will question Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar on Saturday in Shillong in connection with Saradha scam.

The top Court had fixed the Meghalaya capital as the venue for his interrogation, saying that its “neutral” status will prevent unnecessary controversy.

Kumar arrived Shillong on Friday evening with three top West Bengal police officers.

According to the sources, Kumar will be interrogated by CBI sleuths at two locations — first at the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) office and later at an undisclosed location.

“Kumar has been lodged in a top hotel in the city. The state police is giving security cover to him,” sources added.

A team of CBI from Delhi also reached Shillong to question him.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed Kumar to appear before the investigation agency and cooperate into the probe of cases arising out of the Saradha chit fund scam. However, it had stated in no certain terms that Kumar was not to be arrested.

The CBI had alleged in the Supreme Court that Rajeev Kumar, who was leading the special investigation team (SIT) probe into Saradha chit fund scam, tampered with the electronic evidence and handed over documents to the agency some of which were “doctored”.

A major controversy broke on February 3, when a team of CBI officers went to Kumar’s residence to question him in connection with Sharda Chit Fund scam but was detained by Kolkata police. Following this, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee staged a three-day dharna against alleged misuse of the CBI by Modi government and to ‘save the constitution’.