The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Monday issued a notification, requesting the West Bengal government to initiate disciplinary action against the Kolkata Commissioner of Police (CP), Rajeev Kumar for sitting in a dharna during duty.
Rajeev Kumar was seen sitting alongside and in the same dharna with West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee late on Sunday after the CBI went to his residence to investigate the Saradha chit fund scam.
Taking cognizance of the recent events, the MHA has sought proceedings against West Bengal's top cop, suggesting that he behaved in an indisciplined manner and violated certain rules.
"The Ministry of Home Affairs has asked the West Bengal government to initiate disciplinary proceedsings against the Commissioner of Police, Kolkata, Shri Rajeev Kumar, IPS (WB:1989). In a letter addressed to the Chief Secretary, West Bengal, the MHA cited indisciplined behaviour and violation of All India Services (Conduct) Rules 1968/IAS (D&A) Rules, 1969 by the officer," the notification read.
This notification comes on the very same day when the Supreme Court allowed the CBI to interrogate Rajeev Kumar in connection to the Saradha chit fund scam. The apex court ruled that the investigating agency can go ahead with its probe on West Bengal's top cop in Shillong while maintaining that Rajeev Kumar shall not be arrested.
It all stems up after the CBI vs Kolkata police saga which took place on Sunday. The CBI, while investigating the chit fund scam, had reached the residence of Kumar. But the cops instead detained the CBI officers, alleging foul play by the investigative agency. Following that, Mamata Banerjee led a dharna, in which Rajeev Kumar was also spotted.
According to top CBI sources, the Commissioner of Police was not co-operating with the agency and had also tampered and destroyed the evidence related to the chit fund scam.
"There is evidence against him (Rajeev Kumar), he has been instrumental in causing destruction of this evidence and obstructing justice. They have taken charge of all the evidence, seized all the documents. They have not been cooperating with us in handing over all the documents and a lot of evidence has been destroyed or caused to disappear."