SC asks Kolkata top cop to appear before CBI, says can’t arrest him
New Delhi: The Supreme court on Tuesday directed the Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar to appear before the CBI in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam. Court also asked him to cooperate with the investigation.
The apex court said Kumar will appear before the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for investigation at Shillong in Meghalaya.
Attorney General (AG) K K Venugopal opened the argument on behalf of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), alleging destruction of evidence in the chitfund scam case.
The Kolkata Police has provided doctored call data records, the AG said.
He also said Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar was heading the SIT set up by the West Bengal government to probe the case.
Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for Kumar alleged that the CBI's action was meant to score points.
The applications, accusing the Kolkata Police chief of destroying evidence related to the case, has alleged that an extraordinary situation has arisen in which top police officials of the West Bengal Police are sitting on a dharna along with a political party in Kolkata.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has been sitting on a dharna since Sunday.
On Monday she described her sit-in over the CBI's attempt to question Kolkata Police chief as a "non-political" protest.
(With added inputs from PTI)