CBI on look-out for Rajeev Kumar

CBI on look-out for Rajeev Kumar

Agency News

Kolkata, Sep 14 : The CBI, probing the multi-crore- rupee Saradha chit fund scam, was on the look-out for ADG CID Rajeev Kumar after the latter abstained from appearing at the CGO Complex in Salt Lake at 10 AM on Saturday.

The central investigating agency, hours after Calcutta High Court withdrew protection from arrest Friday afternoon, served a summon notice to Kumar, who was former city police commissioner, at his 34 Park Street's official residence.

As the two CBI officials, including a DSP, could not locate the cop, they pasted the notice on his main door, asking him to appear at the CGO Complex at 10 AM this morning. Source said the CBI was yet to find the cop, who has been probably on leave. However, the sources said the CBI believed that the 1989 IPS cadre officer was still in this metropolis. The CBI even could not contact him over mobile phone, saying it was now switched off.

Kumar is being probed by the CBI in the Rs 2,500-crore chit fund scandal which duped several lakhs of poor investors in the Saradha group chit fund. Kumar was heading a state government-constituted SIT to prove the Saradha fraud case in 2013 until the Supreme Court asked the CBI to probe it in which many ruling TMC leaders have been accused of having monetary benefits.

In February last, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee sat on a dharna at Esplanade in central Kolkata when CBI officers tried to question Rajeev Kumar, and subsequently several CBI officers were detained at the Shakeaspeare Sarani police station. Calcutta High Court judge Justice Madhumati Mitra on Friday vacated the interim order providing protection from arrest to the IPS officer by the CBI. UNI