HC Begins Hearing Plea of Former Kolkata Top Cop Rajeev Kumar
On Wednesday, 17 July, the Calcutta High Court began hearing former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar’s plea seeking protection from arrest in the Saradha chit fund case. After listening to arguments made by Kumar’s lawyer, the matter was adjourned till 2:30 pm on Thursday, 18 June, when the hearing is scheduled to resume.
Kumar, who headed the police’s Special Investigation Team which probed the Saradha scam, has been accused of tampering with evidence related to the case.
What Happened at Court
Kumar’s lawyer Milon Mukherjee argued that the CBI was “picking and choosing” one officer from among a bunch of more than a 100 officers who were part of the SIT. Mukherjee also claimed, “The question troubling me is that the CBI has not been able to get one penny out of the money trail.”
On 3 February, in an extraordinary turn of events, a CBI team that had arrived at Kumar’s residence was itself detained at a police station and later released.
At the time, Banerjee had even staged a sit-in protest against the CBI’s actions.
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