The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to set up a special bench to hear the plea of former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar seeking an extension of seven-day protection from arrest by the CBI in the Saradha scam chit fund case.

Kumar had on Monday sought extension citing the strike by lawyers in West Bengal because of which he could not move the court in the state.

The Supreme Court had on May 17 vacated the interim protection extended to Rajeev 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.

The top court had said its February 5 order granting interim protection to Kumar will continue for seven days from Friday so that he approach the competent court for legal remedy.

The CBI had earlier in April moved the Supreme Court seeking permission to arrest and custodial interrogation of Kumar. The probe agency also wanted the top court to withdraw its February 5 order granting protection to Rajeev Kumar from arrest.

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.