Mamata Banerjee Vs CBI: SC Denies Arrest Of Rajeev Kumar Directs Him To Join CBI Probe

| February 5 , 2019 , 12:14 IST

The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar to appear before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the Sarada chit fund scam case.

The Chief Justice of India said that the apex court will direct Rajeev Kumar to co-operate with the investigation. SC, however, said that Kumar should not be arrested in the case nor should any other coercive action be taken against him.

CJI said that Kumar should meet CBI officials in Shillong.

The court also directed the DGP, chief secretary and commissioner to file a reply by February 18. The next hearing in the case will be on February 20.

CJI says SC may ask DGP, Rajeev Kumar and chief secretary to appear in person before the court on February 20.

Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for the West Bengal government, had told the CJI’s bench that It was an attempt to harass and humiliate Rajeev Kumar. There was no FIR against him. He received three notices in the last four years. After July 23, 2018, he was sent a notice only on December 4, 2018. He asserted that the CBI was only trying to humiliate the police officials.

Soon after the SC order Mamata Banerjee said that commissioner Kumar never excused himself from participating in the probe. "He (Kumar) said we want to meet at a mutual place, if you want to ask for any clarification, you can come and we can sit."

Rajeev Kumar, who led the SIT formed by the Kolkata government to probe the Saradha chit fund scam, is being accused of handing over incomplete data to the CBI in the case and destroying electronic evidence.

Yesterday, the SC had fixed Tuesday as the date of hearing of CBI's contempt petition. It had also instructed the probe agency to place before it all evidence by means of an affidavit.

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The CBI had approached the Supreme court on Monday. CBI had alleged that Kumar is "destroying electronic evidence" and should be directed to make himself available for investigation.' The applications said that an extraordinary situation has arisen in which top police officials of the West Bengal Police are sitting on a dharna along with a political party in Kolkata.