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Calcutta High Court concludes hearing on Rajeev Kumar’s appeal
West Bengal

Calcutta High Court concludes hearing on Rajeev Kumar’s appeal

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Kolkata, Sep 02: A single-judge bench of Calcutta High Court today wrapped up hearing on an appeal of former city police chief Rajeev Kumar seeking protection from arrest by CBI in connection with Saradha chit fund scam.

Justice Madhumati Roy, who took up the case, asked CBI and Kumar's counsel to submit their submissions in writing before the court tomorrow.

The court granted an interim protection from arrest to Kumar as the hearing of his appeal continued for over two months.

In June , vacation-bench judge of the high court, Pratip Prakash Banerjee granted protection for a month to Kumar when he moved the bench 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 vacation bench also held that former city police chief "cannot leave the state of West Bengal till disposal of the case and he must deposit his passport to CBI, granting liberty to the agency to CBI to question Kumar in connection with the Saradha chit-fund scam".

Besides issuing summons, the CBI had issued a lookout notice against Kumar and directed all airports and immigration authorities to alert the agency if they spot him leaving the country.

Kumar was heading the Special Investigation Team (SIT) 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). (UNI)