Saradha scam case: CBI summons Rajeev Kumar again; Calcutta HC begins in-camera hearing of anticipatory bail plea

The CBI has given multiple notices to Rajeev Kumar, who is currently the Additional Director General in the West Bengal Crime Investigation Department, to appear before it for questioning as a witness in the multi-crore Saradha scam

Press Trust of India September 25, 2019 23:16:13 IST
Saradha scam case: CBI summons Rajeev Kumar again; Calcutta HC begins in-camera hearing of anticipatory bail plea
  • The CBI has once again summoned former Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar to appear before it on Thursday in connection to the Saradha chitfund scam

  • Kumar has failed to appear before the CBI and has sought time on more than one occasion

  • Kumar's anticipatory bail prayer was heard 'in-camera' by the Calcutta High Court on Wednesday, on a plea by his counsel

Kolkata: The special crime branch of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has once again summoned former Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar to appear before it on Thursday in connection with the Saradha chitfund scam case.

Saradha scam case CBI summons Rajeev Kumar again Calcutta HC begins incamera hearing of anticipatory bail plea

File image of former Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar. News18

"We have asked him to appear before the CBI office here tomorrow," a senior CBI official told PTI.

The central agency has given multiple notices to Kumar, who is currently the Additional Director General in the West Bengal Crime Investigation Department, to appear before it for questioning as a witness in the multi-crore scam.

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.

On Kumar being on "leave", the CBI official said there is "no co-relation between responding to our summons or skipping it, whether he is on leave or not".

The CBI has also summoned Kumar for his alleged role in the the multi-crore Rose Valley ponzi scheme case.

Meanwhile, Kumar's anticipatory bail prayer in the Saradha case was heard 'in-camera' by the Calcutta High Court on Wednesday, on a plea by his counsel.

A division bench, comprising justices S Munshi and S Dasgupta, heard the submissions by Kumar's lawyer in support of his pre-arrest bail prayer in the presence of only those advocates who are related to the case.

The matter will be heard again by the bench on Thursday.

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