Chit Fund Scam Case :CBI Releases Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar After Three Hours Of Interrogation

| February 13 , 2019 , 15:18 IST

Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar appeared before the CBI for the fifth consecutive day on Wednesday to face questioning in connection with the chit fund scam cases and after 3 hours of interrogation, he was released by CBI in Shillong to return to Kolkata.

Kumar, who is being examined since Saturday for his alleged role in tampering of evidence in the Saradha ponzi scam, arrived shortly after 9.30 am at the CBI office.

"He was accompanied by two senior IPS officers and his counsel Biswajit Deb," the official told PTI. The Kolkata Police chief has already spent more than 30 hours over the past four days inside the highly secured CBI office here, facing questions relating to Saradha and Rose Valley chit fund scam cases, he added.

On February 5, the Supreme Court had directed Kumar to appear before the central investigative agency in connection with the matter. It had also said that no coercive step should be taken against Kumar.

The direction came against the backdrop of a dharna organized by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata. Mamata Banerjee had rushed to the spot and staged a three-day 'Save the Constitution' sit-in against the CBI's move, accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP national president Amit Shah of plotting a "coup".

The court chose Shillong as a neutral meeting place "to avoid all unnecessary controversy" and made it clear that Kumar would not be arrested.

The CBI moved the Supreme Court after its officials were thwarted by the Kolkata Police when they had gone to Kumar's official residence to question him on February 3.

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