CBI summons former Kolkata police chief

The CBI has summoned former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar to appear for questioning on Saturday in connection with its probe into the Saradha scam, officials said.

The agency served notices to Kumar after the Calcutta High Court withdrew his protection from arrest on Friday. A team of CBI officials reached his residence to serve the notice, the officials said.

Kumar, who is currently the West Bengal CID Additional Director General, was part of a special investigation team set up by the West Bengal government to investigate the scam before the Supreme Court handed over the case to the CBI in 2014, along with other chit fund cases.

The Saradha group of companies allegedly duped lakhs of people to the tune of Rs 2500 crore, promising a higher rate of returns on their investments. In May, the Supreme Court declined to entertain his petition seeking an extension of protection from arrest in the multi-crore Saradha scam case.

He was granted protection from arrest on May 17 by the apex court for seven days and he had filed a fresh petition seeking to restrain the CBI from taking any coercive action against him.

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