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Anuj Sharma becomes new Police Commissioner of Kolkata, former police chief Rajeev Kumar gets CBI summons

Ex-Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar has been served summons by the CBI in connection with Saradha scam. Newly appointed Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma is currently posted as AGD and IGD (Operations)

India TV News Desk Written by: India TV News Desk New Delhi Updated on: May 26, 2019 21:33 IST
Anuj Sharma, newly appointed Police Commissioner of Kolkata
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Anuj Sharma, newly appointed Police Commissioner of Kolkata

Even as Central Bureau of Investigation closes in on former police commissioner of Kolkata Rajeev Kumar the city has got a new one.

Anuj Sharma has been appointed as Police Commissioner of Kolkata. He is currently posted as AGD and IGD (Operations)


Meanwhile, CBI has served summons to former Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar in connection with Saradha scam.

The agency wants custodial interrogation of Kumar in connection with the ponzi scheme case as he was heading the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the West Bengal police to probe the case before the CBI took over, the officials said.

The probe agency had told the Supreme Court that custodial interrogation of Kumar was necessary as he was not co-operating in the probe and he was "evasive" and "arrogant" in answering the queries put to him during his questioning by the agency. 

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who was appearing for the CBI, had said Kumar was the incharge of investigation by the SIT and had allowed the release of mobile phones and laptops, containing crucial records of alleged involvement of political functionaries in the scam, which were seized from the accused.

Mehta had said the seized mobile phones and laptops were not even sent for forensic examination and material evidence were destroyed in the case.

The apex court had last month asked CBI to furnish evidence for seeking custodial interrogation of Kumar in Saradha case, saying it has to be satisfied that the agency's request was "bona fide" and not for "political purposes".

The apex court had on May 17 withdrawn protection given to Kumar from any arrest and had asked the CBI to proceed as per law.

In January, the Centre and West Bengal government had faced an unprecedented stand off after a CBI team, which reached the residence of Kumar for questioning him, had to retreat after local police refused to let it enter and detained its officers.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee came in the defence of Kumar and started a sit-in to protest against the Centre's move.

The Supreme Court had on February 5 had prevented the agency from any coercive action against Kumar and directed him to appear and co-operate in CBI questioning at a "neutral place". He was questioned by the CBI for nearly five days at its office in Shillong from February 9 onwards.

The ponzi scheme scam was over Rs 2,500 crore by the Saradha group of companies, which had duped lakhs of customers promising higher rates of returns on their investment, the CBI has alleged. 

Similar modus operandi was adopted by other ponzi companies like Rose Valley operating in West Bengal, Odisha and North Eastern states where gullible investors were duped, it said.

The Supreme Court had ordered a CBI probe in which the agency has allegedly detected collusion of scheme operators, police personnel, politicians among others, the officials had said. 

(With PTI inputs)

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