Saradha chitfund case: Ex-Kolkata top cop Rajeev Kumar claims CBI ‘hounding’ him, seeks urgent anticipatory bail

  • The division bench then fixed Kumar's anticipatory bail prayer, which was filed on Monday, for hearing on Wednesday

  • CBI sleuths have gone to several places, including his official residence at Park Street, in search of the elusive officer

  • Kumar's pre-arrest bail prayer was rejected by the Alipore district and sessions court on 21 September

Kolkata: Former Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar on Tuesday claimed that the CBI was "hounding" him, while seeking anticipatory bail before the Calcutta High Court in the multi-crore Saradha chitfund case.

 Saradha chitfund case: Ex-Kolkata top cop Rajeev Kumar claims CBI ‘hounding’ him, seeks urgent anticipatory bail

File image of Rajeev Kumar. ANI

Kumar, who is currently the additional director general of West Bengal CID, said that his leave will end on Wednesday and his prayer for pre-arrest bail be taken up for hearing urgently. Moving the anticipatory bail prayer, his counsel Debasish Roy submitted before a division bench presided by Justice S Munshi, that "the CBI is hounding me (Kumar) like anything."

At this, another judge, Justice S Dasgupta said, "Go and surrender." The division bench then fixed Kumar's anticipatory bail prayer, which was filed on Monday, for hearing on Wednesday.

CBI sleuths have gone to several places, including his official residence at Park Street, in search of the elusive officer. Kumar's pre-arrest bail prayer was rejected by the Alipore district and sessions court on 21 September.

The agency has given multiple notices to Kumar to appear before it for questioning as a witness in the Saradha scam case. He, however, did not appear before the CBI and has sought more time on every occasion.

The Saradha group of companies allegedly duped lakhs of people to the tune of Rs 2,500 crore, promising higher rates of return on their investments. Kumar has been accused of tampering with crucial evidence in the scam.

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Updated Date: Sep 24, 2019 14:06:07 IST