New Delhi: Following the “Mamata Banerjee vs Centre” row and the subsequent Supreme Court ruling, Kolkata Police commissioner Rajeev Kumar arrived in Shillong, on Saturday, to present himself for questioning before the CBI in connection with the Saradha chit-fund scam. The Supreme Court, in its ruling last week, held that the Meghalaya capital would be a “neutral” place for the CBI to question the Kolkata Police chief.
The CBI had accused Rajeev Kumar of being a “potential accused” in the Saradha scam, of “destroying material evidence” and after tampering with the electronic evidence some of the documents that he handed to the agency were “doctored”. A 10-member team will question Kumar regarding the central agency’s ongoing probe into chit-fund scam.
Kumar reached Shillong accompanied with his counsel Biswajit Deb and senior IPS officers Javed Shamim and Murlidhar Sharma, on Friday. The three top police officers were asked to leave the CBI office within 30 minutes, as they said.
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who staged a protest outside the CBI headquarters alleging “misuse of the CBI” by the central government, ended her “satyagraha” after the apex court’s verdict.
Kumar had requested the CBI that he won’t be able to stay for long, in Shillong, as it would affect the police deployment decision ahead of Saraswati Puja and board exams.
The court will hear the matter again, on February 28.