SC decline relief to Kolkata ex-top cop

In a major setback to former Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar, the Supreme Court has declined to entertain his plea for direction to the Central Bureau of Investigation not to arrest him till he gets anticipatory bail from the trial court in West Bengal in the Saradha chit fund scam case.

Observing that the courts in West Bengal were functioning, the vacation bench of Justices Arun Mishra, B.R. Gavai and Surya Kant asked Kumar to approach the high court or the trial court as he may choose and seek the relief.

As lawyer Sunil Fernandes appearing for Rajeev Kumar told the court that courts were not functioning as lawyers were on an indefinite strike since April 25, Justice Mishra said that courts in West Bengal were functional, all judges were sitting.”

Noting that Kumar had been the director general rank of officer, Justice Mishra said, “You can go to the high court. You can go to the trial court. He knows the law better than many young lawyers.” Justice Mishra asked lawyer Fernandes if a petition under Article 32 of the Constitution could be filed against the order of the top court itself.

“Is the petition under Article 32 of the Constitution maintainable against the order of this court,” Justice Mishra told Kumar’s lawyer “you better withdraw and move the appropriate bench”. As r Fernandes press-ed for relief, Justice Mis-hra cautioned him, “You want us to make harsh comment. If we make harsh comments, you will remember them…”

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