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Saradha Scam: CBI moves SC seeking questioning of ex-Kolkata Police chief Rajeev Kumar

New Delhi: More than a year after the Calcutta High Court granting anticipatory bail to former Kolkata Police commissioner Rajeev Kumar in the Saradha chit fund scam case, in a fresh move, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has approached the Supreme Court seeking to interrogate the senior IPS officer.

Earlier, on 1 October 2019 the Calcutta High Court had granted Rajeev Kumar bail on a condition that he would cooperate in the inquiry.

In it’s plea submitted before the Apex Court on Saturday evening, the central probe agency alleged that Kumar has not been cooperating with the ongoing probe, saying further interrogation is necessary in order to bring to book those behind the multicrore scam.

Kumar was a key member of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) set up by the West Bengal government for investigating the scam, before the top court handed over the case to the CBI in 2014, along with other chit fund cases.

In its charges, the CBI also alleged that Kumar participated in destruction of evidence by tampering with phone records to protect top Trinamool Congress politicians and directors of the Saradha chit funds.

The scam, in which Saradha group of companies allegedly cheated lakhs of people to the tune of Rs 2,500 crore, promising high rates of return on their investments, was unearthed in 2013 during Kumar’s tenure as the Bidhannagar police commissioner.

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