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CBI rules out granting more time to Rajeev Kumar in Saradha scam case

The agency consults legal expert as it contemplates move to arrest the former Kolkata Police chief on charges of “tampering with evidence and non-cooperation”

Statesman News Service | Kolkata |

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probing the Saradha scam ruled out granting more time as sought by the former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar, while contemplating move to arrest the 1989 batch IPS officer on charges of “tampering with evidence and non-cooperation”.

“The agency has gone through the letter of Kumar and no further communication of granting more time was discussed. The foremost priority of the agency at this juncture is to trace the former commissioner, who is evading interrogation,” a CBI source clarified.

Meanwhile, the premier probe agency issued two notices to the state investigation agency CID at its headquarters at Bhawani Bhavan this afternoon sparking speculation on issuing fresh summons to the ADG CID Rajeev Kumar, the post on which he was reinstated recently by the state government.

An agency source however clarified that no fresh notice was served on Kumar on Tuesday.

The source also claimed that the probe agency was consulting legal experts on the issue of arrest should the situation demand. And a source close to the agency said the police had a session with legal expert YZ Dastoor on Tuesday morning, who according to the source asked them to chalk out a blueprint for the impending action.

The source also said the agency was in no mood to provide any further rope as it would oppose any move by Kumar to seek bail from a court anywhere after the expiry of the deadline set by the top court.

Meanwhile, there is no further information regarding his bail application at Barasat court scheduled to have been moved on Monday after the court had adjourned for the day owing to the death of a local lawyer.