Rajeev Kumar, the former Kolkata police commissioner, did not show up at the Kolkata office of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday despite being summoned for questioning in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam, said the officials.
Kumar, however, sent a letter to the CBI, seeking some more time to appear before its officers in connection with the case.
Rajeev Kumar has been accused by the CBI of destroying evidence in the Saradha chit fund case.
A lookout notice was issued against the former Kolkata Police Commissioner on Sunday on the recommendation of the CBI which is probing the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam. The notice, which is valid for a year till 23 May 2020, was issued by the Bureau of Immigration.
This means that Kumar, an accused in the Saradha chit fund scam, cannot leave the country and will be handed over to the CBI if he tries to leave India from any of the airports or seaports.
The development came after the Supreme Court, on Friday, refused to grant Kumar an extension of seven-day protection from arrest in the chit fund case. Kumar had moved the apex court seeking protection from arrest by the CBI till the concerned jurisdictional court in West Bengal decides his anticipatory bail plea.
A Supreme Court bench of Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice Sanjiv Khanna had asked Kumar’s counsel to approach the Secretary-General of the court for setting up of a three-judge bench. The top court had, on May 17, vacated the interim protection extended to Kumar from arrest by the CBI over his alleged role in destroying evidence in Saradha chit fund case.
The court then gave him seven days to get anticipatory bail from an appropriate court.