Mounting pressure on Kolkata's former top police officer Rajeev Kumar, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday, is searching five locations around Kolkata to hunt Kumar and bring him in for investigation in connection with the Saradha Chit fund case. Sources report that the CBI is also searching Rajeev Kumar's residence in Kolkata. The CBI has allegedly served him a notice at his residence under section 160, summoning him. Kumar had earlier failed to appear before the agency on Monday.
Sources report that simultaneous raids have been conducted at Rajeev Kumar's official residence, the IPS Mess, the Taj Gateway Hotel and the Taj Vivanta Hotel in Kolkata. Kumar who was the former police Commissioner of Kolkata is currently the Additional Director General (ADG) -CID. Earlier in the day, the CBI had written to the West Bengal Director General of Police (DGP) seeking information about Kumar. Two teams have been constituted by the CBI to search Rajeev Kumar.
Earlier on Tuesday, Kumar's anticipatory bail plea had been rejected by Barasat District Sessions Court. Refusing to hear the plea, the special court judge Sanjib Talukdar had told that it does not have jurisdiction to hear anticipatory bail prayers. Previously on Monday, Kumar failed to show up on being summoned by the CBI. Following his absence, the office of Chief Secretary wrote back to the agency stating that Kumar was on personal leave from September 9 to September 25.
Prior to this move, Kumar was also asked to appear in front of the agency on Saturday. He failed to do claiming that he needs one-month time to appear as his wife is unwell. The development in the case came in quick succession after the Calcutta High Court on September 13 withdrew its order of interim protection from arrest for Rajeev Kumar. Rajeev Kumar has been summoned several times prior to this by the agency. He has already been questioned for two consecutive days by the agency.
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. 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.