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Saradha scam: Kolkata Police chief Rajeev Kumar’s questioning by CBI underway at Shillong

Kumar arrived in the state capital of Meghalaya on Friday evening from Kolkata via Guwahati by road with three more West Bengal cadre IPS officers and his younger brother, an official said.

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Shillong Updated on: February 09, 2019 14:59 IST
Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar

Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar

The questioning of Kolkata Police chief Rajeev Kumar by CBI is underway in Shillong. The CBI is questioning Rajeev Kumar in connection with chit fund scam cases.

Rajeev Kumar, his counsel Biswajit Deb and senior IPS officers Javed Shamim and Murlidhar Sharma arrived at the probe agency's office at 11 am, according to officials. Kumar's counsel and the two IPS officers were asked to leave the CBI office within 30 minutes, they added.

After his arrival in Meghalaya, the state police provided adequate security to Kumar during his stay in Shillong. In his order issued on February 6, Rishi Kumar Shukla, the Director of the premier investigating agency, attached 10 officers, including one Superintendent of Police (SP), three Additional SPs, two Deputy SPs and three Inspectors from different zones to the agency's Kolkata Economic Offences Wing from February 8 to 20.The agency had directed all the 10 officials to report to the Joint Director of the CBI in Kolkata.

A team of CBI was allegedly roughed up and detained for a few hours when it went to question Kumar at his residence in Kolkata on Sunday in connection with its probe into the Saradha and Rose Valley chit fund cases.

Following the face-off between the CBI and the Kolkata Police, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee went on a hunger strike for over 45 hours starting Sunday.

The Supreme Court, while hearing the matter on Tuesday, directed the Kolkata Police Commissioner to join the CBI probe at a neutral place -- in Meghalaya's capital Shillong.

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