The Alipore Court rejected the anticipatory bail plea filed by former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar. It had reserved its order on the anticipatory bail petition filed by former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar. The CBI has been on the lookout for Kumar. Sources had said it had began a manhunt for him.
CBI sleuths kept up their efforts on Saturday to locate top West Bengal police officer Rajeev Kumar who has been skipping summons of the probe agency in connection with the multi-crore Saradha deposit default scam. Teams of the special crime branch of CBI visited the office of the CID at Bhabani Bhavan as well as various parts of the city to ascertain the whereabouts of Kumar. Kumar is the additional director general of CID, West Bengal.
Sources said the CBI sleuths reached a private hospital in South 24 Parganas district to trace the former Kolkata police commissioner. As per sources, they quizzed his wife over his disappearance and his alleged involvement in the Saradha Chit fund scam. The CBI on Friday has also raided various locations including Rajeev Kumar's residence in a bid to find him. As per sources, Rajeev Kumar's wife has been questioned at their residence in Kolkata reportedly by a seven-member CBI team.
The Kolkata Police Commissioner was heading the SIT formed by WB Government to probe the Saradha Chit fund case previously. When the case was handed over to the CBI, the agency stated that Kumar was being allegedly evasive about missing pieces of evidence in relation to the probe and was allegedly trying to shield few politicians. Following this charge, in February 2019, a team of CBI officials arrived at Rajeev Kumar's residence to arrest him. While attempting to arrest the former top cop, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee staged a dharna opposing the arrest of the Police Commissioner by the CBI, citing a violation of the Constitution.