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Saradha chit fund scam: Calcutta HC grants anticipatory bail to Rajeev Kumar

Saradha chit fund scam: Calcutta HC grants anticipatory bail to Rajeev Kumar

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New Delhi: In a major aid to senior IPS officer Rajeev Kumar, Calcutta High Court on October 1 granted him anticipatory bail on a personal bond of Rs. 50,000 in the Saradha chit fund scam.

The Court heard the case for five days before coming to this decision and observed that there is no need to interrogate Kumar by taking him into custody.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has opposed Kumar’s petition saying that he had not responded to the summons issued by the agency over the past few weeks. The order came nearly after a week of in-camera hearing in the case where only counsels representing both the parties were present.

Granting permission to CBI Court said, ‘CBI could question Kumar, provided they give 48-hour prior notice to appear before the agency.

Kumar, who is at present posted as Additional Director General, West Bengal Police (CID), has not appeared before the CBI in connection with the Saradha scam over the past few months and has sought more time from the agency.

A legal tussle between the CBI and Kumar, who was also Commissioner of Kolkata Police, has been raging since February this year when Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held a dharna as the CBI tried to question Kumar.

The SIT investigated the Saradha scam till CBI took over the case in 2014 with the Supreme Court asking the agency to also probe the role of influential persons and the larger design behind the scam. CBI is most likely to appeal to Supreme Court challenging the order, said sources.

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