Rajeev Kumar gets anticipatory bail

Rajeev Kumar.

Rajeev Kumar.  

IPS officer will have to appear before CBI for questioning in Saradha scam case

In a major relief to senior IPS officer Rajeev Kumar, the Calcutta High Court on Tuesday granted him anticipatory bail in the Saradha chit fund scam case.

‘Custodial interrogation’

A Division Bench of Justices Sahidullah Munshi and Subhasis Dasgupta accepted the interim bail petition moved by Mr. Kumar and observed that “custodial interrogation is not required” for the officer.

While the CBI cannot arrest him, he will have to appear as and when it calls him for interrogation, effectively meaning that Mr. Kumar cannot evade questioning. He also cannot leave the city.

The CBI had opposed Mr. Kumar’s petition saying he had not responded to the summons issued by it over the past few weeks. Sources in the CBI said that the agency would move the Supreme Court challenging the High Court order.

The HC order comes after nearly a week of in-camera hearing in the case where only counsels representing both the parties were present.

In the order, the Division Bench directed Mr. Kumar to furnish a personal bond of ₹50,000. The CBI could question Mr. Kumar, provided they give 48-hour prior notice to him to appear before it.

Legal tussle

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

A legal tussle between the CBI and Mr. Kumar, who was earlier the Commissioner of Kolkata Police, has been raging since February when Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held a dharna in protest against the CBI’s attempt to question Mr. Kumar.

On September 13, Justice Madhumati Mitra of the Calcutta High Court vacated all protection given to the IPS officer from appearing before the CBI. A city court on September 21 rejected his anticipatory bail petition after which he moved the Division Bench of the High Court.

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