Before the West Bengal government announced that former Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar has been posted as principal secretary of Information Technology and Electronics, he was accused of destroying evidence related to the Saradha chit fund (Ponzi) scam.
Kolkata: Former Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar has been posted as principal secretary of Information Technology and Electronics (IT-E), West Bengal government.
The 1989-batch IPS officer was additional director of the Crime Investigation Department (CID).
Earlier, he was accused of destroying evidence related to the Saradha chit fund (Ponzi) scam when he headed the special investigation team of the West Bengal Police to probe the matter before it was transferred to the investigating agency CBI.
On November 29, 2019, the Supreme Court issued a notice to Rajeev Kumar on an appeal filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) seeking cancellation of an anticipatory bail granted to him by the Calcutta high court in connection with the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam.
A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India Sharad Arvind Bobde asked the probe agency to present before it the facts and explain why custodial interrogation of Kumar was required.
A person can avail anticipatory bail from the court after the police registers an FIR against them, but before they arrest them in a case.
The CBI in its plea challenged the high court's order and urged the apex court to allow the custodial interrogation of Kumar asserting that it was needed to probe whether he sabotaged the investigation in the case.
Last Updated 27, Dec 2019, 8:51 AM IST