SC withdraws Kolkata ex-top cop protection against arrest

 The Supreme Court has withdrew protection to former Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar from arrest by the CBI, which is investigating the Saradha scam, asking him to approach the competent court for relief.

Withdrawing protection against arrest by the CBI, the bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice Sanjiv Khanna, however, said that protection against arrest will continue for one more week to enable Mr Kumar to approach the competent court for legal remedy.

The court order came on the CBI’s plea seeking the vacation of February 5 order protecting Mr Kumar against arrest. The CBI had contended that the order protecting against arrest cannot be given in a contempt plea.

The CBI had alleged that the Bengal police was not cooperating and obfuscating the investigation by causing impediments and roadblocks with a view to protect big names and members/leaders of the ruling party in the state.

Expressing its “disappointment and dismay seeing the CBI and the WBSPF pitted and casting aspersions against each other”, Justice Khanna, pronouncing the order, said, “We would withdraw the protection given to Rajeev Kumar, former Kolkata commissioner of police, restraining the CBI from arresting him and thereby, leave it open to the CBI to act in accordance with the law.”

Having withdrawn the protection from arrest, the order on Friday said, “At the same time, we direct that the interim order dated February 5, 2019, would continue for a period of seven days from the date of pronouncement of this order to enable Kumar to approach the competent court for relief, if so advised.”


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