Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar grilled by CBI for 8 hours

Kolkata Police commissioner Rajeev Kumar was grilled for almost eight hours by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday at the agency’s office in Shillong in connection with the Rose Valley and the Saradha chit fund scam.

Kumar’s questioning began at around 11 am and went on until 7.30 pm. Sources said, he has been asked to appear before the agency for questioning again on Sunday.

Rajeev Kumar was accompanied by three high-ranking officers of the Kolkata Police and has been lodged in a top hotel in the city.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday had 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 investigation 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’.