West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee today sprung to the defence of Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar, who is reportedly avoiding CBI, which is said to be set to arrest him. However, CBI sources claimed that he had gone missing since he was “wanted for questioning in the chit fund case”.
Slamming the BJP for “worst kind of political vendetta”, Banerjee said the Kolkata police chief is among the best in the world and was not absconding as claimed by the CBI. “He is working 24×7, and was on leave for only one day recently. When you spread lies, the lies will always remain lies,” she tweeted. Banerjee added that integrity, bravery and honesty of Kumar are unquestioned.
But, officials indicates that Kumar apparently became apprehensive of his arrest after Bengali film producer Shrikant Mohta was taken into custody. According to some eyewitness accounts, Kumar was spotted in a book fair some days back. The Kolkata police also issued a statement and termed the news of him missing as `baseless’ and `fake’. He is reportedly wanted by CBI in Rose Valley scam.
The Rose Valley scam is worth over Rs 15,000 crore and Saradha scam is about Rs 2500 crore. In both cases, the perpetrators allegedly have links with the members of the ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal. The CBI had on Saturday said it is trying to locate Kumar to question him in connection with Rose Valley and Saradha ponzi scams and it might have to arrest him as the last resort.
The IPS officer, who led a Special Investigation Team of West Bengal Police probing the scams, has to be questioned regarding missing documents and files but he is not responding to notices to appear before the agency, they said.
Kumar, a 1989 batch IPS officer of West Bengal cadre, did not even attend a meeting with Election Commission officials, attended by Chief Election Commissioner of India O P Rawat, regarding election preparedness.