Former Police commissioner of Kolkata Rajeev Kumar did not appear on Monday as directed at the CBI’s Salt Lake office but pursue a week’s time, said “personal work”, a request the CBI is not likely to grant.
On Sunday, Rajeev Kumar was summoned by the CBI to be present at the agency’s CGO Complex office in Salt Lake by 10 am on Monday to face questions about the Saradha Scam. It was not clear whether he had received the notice either at his Bhawani Bhawan office or in person at his Park Street residence.
As per sources, Rajeev Kumar the 1989-batch Indian Police Service Officer may have left for his home state UP on a personal visit, which is why he requested for more time from the CBI to join the probe.
The IPS officer is accused of destroying evidence related to the Ponzi scheme when he was heading the probe in West Bengal.
It was shown by sources that Kumar sent a sealed letter with his request, saying he is on three days’ leave and it would take him a few more days to complete his work. CBI sources said Kumar may not be granted his request.
As per reports, a CBI officer in Delhi said, “We are reviewing his letter and our next move will be communicated soon.” The officer also added that they were not immediately thinking about moving the Supreme Court. CBI has also issued a lookout notice against Kumar to prevent him from leaving the country.