The Central Bureau of Investigation began interrogating Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar in Shillong Saturday in connection with the Saradha chit funds scam case.
Kumar had headed the Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in April 2013 to investigate the Saradha case.
Both Kumar, accompanied by three top police officials arrived in Shillong on Saturday morning. The Meghalaya capital was chosen as the ‘neutral’ meeting place by the Supreme Court last week.
A 10-member team was constituted by the CBI to question the top cop in connection with the ongoing probe into chit fund cases.
According to sources, Kumar is said to have requested CBI to allow him to leave early as he would not be able to stay in Shillong for long as that would affect the police deployment decision ahead of Saraswati Puja tomorrow.
Mamata, early this week, ended her three-day dharna in Kolkata against a recent attempt by CBI officials to raid Kumar’s residence. She ended the protest after the Supreme Court directed Kumar to appear before the CBI in Shillong and ordered that no coercive steps, including his arrest, would take place during the course of the probe.