Kolkata Police chief’s grueling interrogation comes to an end

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Kolkata Police Chief Rajeev Kumar

SHILLONG, Feb 13: After five days of continuous grilling, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has finally finished questioning Kolkata Police chief, Rajeev Kumar in Shillong in connection with the Saradha chit-fund case.

On the fifth day, Kumar’s questioning began early before 10 am at the CBI office in Oakland.

As per sources, Kumar’s interrogation went on for days at a stretch as he was evading questions and at certain point of time it almost amounted to arguing.

He was accused of tampering with electronic evidence while he was heading the Special Investigating Team or (SIT) probing into the chi-fund scam at Kolkata.

Kumar and other senior police officials left for Kolkata on Wednesday evening.

CBI vs Kolkata police standoff

It may be recalled that the CBI sleuths had gone to interrogate Kumar at his residence in Kolkata and what followed next can only be termed as political drama.

West Bengal Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee rushed to his residence and later staged a dharna. The CBI sleuths were even detained for hours.

Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar with West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee. (Image Credit: PTI).

Following this, the CBI had moved the Supreme Court and as per the direction of the court Kumar was directed to appear for the questioning in Shillong and cooperate.

The CBI had also quizzed former TMC MP, Kunal Ghosh for two days. During the course of his two-day interrogation, Ghosh also had hours of joint confrontational sessions with the Kolkata police commissioner.

It may be mentioned that Kumar who was heading the SIT probing the scam had arrested Ghosh in 2013.

Ghosh had written to the Prime Minister’s office accusing Kumar of not carrying out the investigation in right earnest.

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