The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday filed a fresh plea in the Supreme Court seeking permission to arrest and custodial interrogation of former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar.

The probe agency also wants the top court to withdraw its February 5 order granting protection to Rajeev Kumar from arrest.

The Supreme Court had directed the former Kolkata police chief to cooperate with the CBI in its probe into the Saradha chit fund scam even as the apex court ordered that Kumar must not be arrested by the agency.

Kumar’s interrogation in connection with the case was held in Shillong after the Supreme Court directed him to join the probe at a “neutral place”.

The CBI had earlier sought directions to Kumar to cooperate with the investigation and surrender all the evidence related to the chit fund case, stating that the top cop was a “potential accused”.

The agency has claimed that the Kolkata police chief had destroyed the evidence in the chit fund scam when he headed the SIT. It further said the copies of call records handed over by SIT to CBI were doctored.

An intense drama was witnessed on February 3, when a team of 40-odd CBI officers reached Kumar’s residence, and a team of Kolkata Police officers rushed there to inquire if they had the documents required to question the CP.