A team of CBI officials has started questioning Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar at CBI office in Shillong, this morning., in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam. Rajeev Kumar arrived Meghalaya capital Shillong last evening for the questioning as per Supreme Court orders, that had also made it clear that Kumar cannot be arrested by the CBI.
After the CBI failed to question him last Sunday evening reaching commissioner’s residence in Kolkata, it had approached the Supreme Court, which permitted them to question at a neutral place and sugested Shillong.
Kumar, who headed a special investigation team that looked into the ponzi case and is accused of destroying evidence to allegedly protect the accused, sent a letter to CBI director Rishi Kumar Shukla and offered himself for questioning in Shillong.
In an unprecedented turn of events, a CBI team was detained by the Kolkata police last Sunday evening, after they reached Kumar’s residence in connection with the probe. They were released three hours later after the Union home ministry worked the phones.
This incident led to a standoff between the West Bengal government and the Centre, with chief minister Mamata Banerjee launching a protest and accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah of plotting a ‘coup’ and using the CBI and government agencies to threaten political opponents. She called off the protest on the third day — which drew the support of leaders from several non-BJP parties, including Congress, BSP, Shiva Sena, TDP and RJD.
The CBI has meanwhile dispatched a team of 10 officers to the Bengal capital to help the local unit headed by joint director Pankaj Srivastava to probe chit fund scam cases in the state. The officers have been put at the disposal of Srivasatva, who is leading the CBI probe into chit fund scams, and will remain there till February 20.