Kolkata, May 30: Former Kolkata police chief Rajeev Kumar got a breather today after a single-judge bench of Calcutta High Court ordered an interim stay on his arrest by the federal investigating agency CBI.
Justice Pratip Prakash Banerjee issued the ruling on Kumar's plea seeking squashing of a notice issued by the CBI in connection with the alleged suppression and destruction of the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam investigation, initiated after an apex court order.
The CBI had recently sent a notice to Kumar asking him to appear before it for assisting the investigation into the multi-crore scam.
Justice Banerjee fixed the next of date of hearing to June 12.
The bench held that the former city police chief "cannot leave the state of West Bengal till disposal of the case and he must deposit his passport to CBI".
The court also granted liberty to CBI to question Kumar in connection with the Saradha chit-fund scam whenever it felt needed at its office or official residence of Kumar.
"CBI will also have liberty to know every movements of Kumar in the city and other parts of the state and Kumar will have to report to CBI everyday," the bench said.
Besides issuing summons, on Saturday, the CBI issued a lookout notice against Kumar and directed all airports and immigration authorities to alert the agency if they spotted him leaving the country.
Kumar was heading the Special Investigation Team of West Bengal police before the CBI took over the case on a direction of the apex court.
The state government recently reinstated Kumar ,who was removed by the poll panel as additional director general of the state-run Criminal Investigating Agency (CID).
The apex court last week dismissed Kumar's plea seeking extension from arrest in the chit-fund scam case. (UNI)