Chit-fund scam: CBI to question Kolkata top cop in Shillong today
Kolkata: Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar, on Saturday, will be questioned by the CBI in Shillong in connection with the multi-crore Saradha chit-fund scam.
The Supreme court had earlier this week asked Kumar to cooperate with the CBI. The apex court also said that the Kolkata police chief cannot be arrested but he has to make available all evidence to the probing agency.
The interrogation is scheduled a day after Kolkata Police raided two properties of a company it said was linked to Nageswara Rao, the former interim director of CBI.
The police action is likely to be perceived as a tit-for-tat response for the attempted search at the house of city police chief Rajeev Kumar this past Sunday, as that was ordered when Rao was still at the helm of the investigative agency.
The company allegedly being probed by the Kolkata police – Angela Mercantiles Pvt Ltd – was raided earlier too after a complaint was filed at the Bowbazar Police Station, said police sources.
The raid was carried out at two offices of the company – one in central Kolkata and the other in Salt Lake City.
Kolkata Police, however, officially said the raid was conducted as the company was not registered as per law.
This comes just days after the ugly face-off between the Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government and the Narendra Modi government at the Centre was triggered by CBI sleuths being detained by police after they showed up at the residence of Kumar, alleging he had destroyed evidence related to the chit fund scams.
On Sunday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had lashed out at Modi government saying that the Centre is destroying institutions in the country and CBI officers are acting on the Prime Minister’s orders. She has also begun a dharna near the Metro Cinema in central Kolkata.
Mamata said, “If they (Modi Government) want to impose President rule in the state, we are ready for it.”
Following the allegations that the CBI’s attempted raids were born out of the ruling BJP’s vendetta politics, Banerjee called on an ‘sit-in strike’ for three days, and only ended her protest after the Supreme Court protected the top cop from arrest.
The top court had said that, though, the Kolkata police chief cannot be arrested but he must join the CBI probe into the chit fund scam and asked him to appear in a neutral place i.e in Shillong for questioning.