Fomer Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar on Thursday moved a petition in Calcutta High Court seeking CBI notices directing him to appear before the agency in connection with the Saradha chit fund scams be quashed.
The CBI had sent a notice to Kumar asking him to appear before it for assisting the probe into the case.
The agency ruled out granting more time as sought by the former Kolkata Police Commissioner while contemplating move to arrest the 1989 batch IPS officer on charges of “tampering with evidence and non-cooperation”.
On Sunday, a look out notice was issued against Rajeev Kumar on the recommendation of the CBI.
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 to the CBI if he tries to leave India from any of the airports or sea ports.
The state government recently reinstated former Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar, who was removed by the poll panel as Additional Director General, CID, before the seventh phase of polling.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court last week refused to entertain the plea of Kumar seeking protection from arrest by CBI till concerned jurisdictional court in West Bengal decides his anticipatory bail plea.
Kumar had moved the apex court on Monday seeking an extension of seven-day protection from arrest in the Saradha scam chit fund case.
Kumar had in his reason for extension cited the strike by lawyers in West Bengal because of which he could not move the court in the state.
The top court had on 17 May vacated the interim protection extended to Kumar from arrest by the CBI over his alleged role in destroying evidence in the chit fund case.