The CBI has arrested senior IPS officer SMH Mirza in the Narada scam. In June 2018, he was interrogated at CBI's Nizam Palace office in relation to the scam for over eight hours. The CBI is looking into allegations against him that he influenced the probe in the Narada scam and also looking at the connection between Mirza and those accused in the case. This is the IPS officer's second interrogation by CBI in the case.
CBI was not satisfied with the answers given by the IPS officer and hence is questioning him again. SMH Mirza is the first person to be arrested in the 2016 Narada sting case. He is a police officer from the West Bengal cadre. He was named in the FIR lodged by the Central Bureau of Investigation in June in the Narada scam.
Mirza was the Superintendent of Police of Burdwan district in West Bengal when the sting operation was conducted by a journalist of local news portal. As per reports, SMH Mirza and Trinamool Congress leaders were allegedly caught on camera while accepting cash from a purported businessman on behalf of politicians for favours. As per reports, the CBI has questioned several Trinamool Congress MLAs, MPs and state ministers in the case. Reports also say that The incident grabbed headlines during the poll season in West Bengal in March 2016.
The special crime branch of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has once again summoned former Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar to appear before it on Thursday in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam case. "We have asked him to appear before the CBI office here tomorrow," a senior CBI official told PTI. The central agency has given multiple notices to Kumar, who is currently the Additional Director General in the West Bengal Crime Investigation Department, to appear before it for questioning as a witness in the multi-crore scam. He, however, did not appear before the CBI and has sought more time on every occasion.