New Delhi: The CBI on Saturday questioned Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar for about eight hours in Shillong in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam cases, and has asked him to appear again on Sunday, as per media sources.
The agency has already summoned former Trinamool Congress MP Kunal Ghosh for questioning in the Meghalaya capital on Sunday. Sources suggest that there is a possibility that the two will be made to sit together for questioning.
CBI is trying to trace CCTV footage of the offices of the chit fund company that was allegedly stored in a pen drive, which is said to have gone missing, as per media reports. Sources said Kumar’s questioning began around 11.30 am and continued until 7.30 pm on Saturday.
Kumar’s counsel Biswajit Deb said the Kolkata Police chief is cooperating and complying with the CBI. “He (Kumar) has come here on the orders of the Supreme Court. He has complied earlier and he is complying now as per the orders,” he was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
The CBI team questioned Kumar in two phases, asking him, why he had been avoiding the agency so far despite multiple summons. He was also asked about the list of items seized by Kolkata Police’s SIT probing the chit fund scam — when Kumar was leading it. He was also quizzed about the “tampered” call data records (CDR), and was asked whether he was under any pressure.
The Kolkata Police chief had arrived at the CBI office in Shillong at 10.50 am accompanied by his counsel, Assistant Commissioner of Police Jawed Shamim, and Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Task Force) Murlidhar Sharma,
The CBI team took Kumar to a separate hall for questioning around 11.15 am, and his counsel Deb, along with the two Kolkata Police officers, left the premises soon after.
Sources informed that Deb had told the CBI team that it will be difficult for Kumar to stay in Shillong for long, as Saraswati Puja is being observed on Sunday in West Bengal, and the Board examinations begin from Tuesday.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court had asked Kumar to appear before the CBI and “faithfully” cooperate in the investigation.
(With inputs from Agencies)