Former Kolkata Police commissioner Rajeev Kumar today ignored CBI summons, who was asked to present himself at the CBI office in Salt Lake at 10 am, in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam.
CBI officials said he not only failed to turn up, his phone was also switched off. Officers also spoke to officials at the Kolkata airport to be on alert if his name crops up on any flight passenger list, inbound or outbound.
Rajeev Kumar was earlier asked by the Calcutta High Court to deposit his passport with the CBI. On Friday afternoon, soon after a single bench of Calcutta High Court removed his protective shield against arrest, a CBI team visited Kumar’s official residence on Park Street, but did not find him.
Removing the shield against “coercive action”, Calcutta High Court said on Friday that the agency could summon him whenever it felt necessary for questioning.
While there has been speculation that the CBI is likely to arrest him, officers indicated that his fate will depend on whether he cooperates with the agency or not. According to CID officers, Rajeev Kumar went on leave for 10 days beginning September 10.
Kumar, a 1989 batch IPS officer, is now the additional director general of the Criminal Investigation Department of Bengal Police. He is believed to be close to West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.