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10-member CBI team in city en route to Shillong to quiz CP
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10-member CBI team in city en route to Shillong to quiz CP

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Kolkata, Feb 8: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which has formed a 10-member team to investigate chit fund scams in West Bengal, arrived in the city this morning.

The team under the leadership of CBI Joint Director Pankaj Srivastav will leave for Shillong today, the CBI sources said here.

They will interrogate Kolkata Police CP Rajeev Kumar and record his statement on Saturday and will question former Trinamool Congress (TMC) Rajya Sabha MP Kunal Ghosh on Sunday.

The team comprises one SP-rank officer, two deputy SPs, three ASP and four inspectors.Some of these officers will also go to Shillong and join the questioning of Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar, who is accused of withholding some documents related to Saradha and Rose Valley Chit fund scams.

The move came after the Supreme Court asked Rajeev Kumar to cooperate with the CBI in the investigation.

Earlier, Mr Kumar was summoned by CBI for questioning on February 9 after the Supreme Court directed Mr Rajeev Kumar to make himself “available” for questioning by the CBI in the chit fund scam cases.

On Tuesday, Kumar, in a letter to the probe agency, had said that he will meet the officials from the CBI on February 8. The top court in order to avoid any controversy had scheduled the meeting between Kumar and the CBI at ‘neutral’ Shillong in Meghalaya.

The CBI had sent a team to interrogate Rajeev Kumar at his residence in the city on February 3. However, in an unprecendented move, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee stormed to his residence and prevented the CBI from quizzing him.

Ms Banerjee also ordered the West Bengal Police to surround Rajeev Kumar's residence and prevent the CBI team from entering it.

She then started a dharana--Save Democracy protest--against the Narendra Modi-led central government. (UNI)