Kolkata, Oct 1(GCCurrentAffairs) A two-judge bench of Calcutta High Court on Tuesday granted anticipatory bail to the state CID additional director Rajeev Kumar from arrest in connection with his alleged role in probing the multi-crore Sradha chit fund scam.
The bench comprising Justice Sahidulla Munshi and Justice Subhashis Dasgupta granted anticipatory bail to Kumar against personal bond of Rs 50,000 and asked CBI to serve notice 48 hours notice for questioning.
The bench wrapped up hearing on his plea yesterday, after four days of closed-door intense submissions of lawyers.
Kumar had moved a fresh appeal before the high court last week seeking anticipatory bail in connection with his alleged role in the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam after a city court rejected his plea for protection from arrest by the CBI on Saturday.
Kumar’s wife Sanchita came before the high court and filed the petition before the authorities on behalf of her husband.
Alipore district sessions court on Saturday threw out Kumar’s anticipatory bail pea saying there was not enough ground to satisfy the court for a pre-arrest bail in an economic offence.
CBI termed Kumar an “absconder’ before the court and drew parallels to the case of former Union finance minister P Chidambaram, whose anticipatory bail was rejected by the Supreme Court.
The case is likely to come up for hearing in the coming Tuesday.
On September 13, a single-judge bench of the high court lifted Kumar’s protection shield from arrest by CBI in connection with multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam.
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 CBI to question Kumar in connection with the Saradha chit-fun 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 spotted 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 as additional director general of the CID, after poll panel removed him from the post of Kolkata Police Commissioner during the general elections earlier this year.