The Supreme Court directed the Central Bureau of Investigation not to take coercive action against Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar, including arresting him. The court asked Kumar to cooperate with the officials investigating two chit fund scams.
A Bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna also issued notice to the West Bengal Chief Secretary, the DGP, and Rajeev Kumar in the contempt of court application filed by the CBI.
The CBI approached the Supreme Court against the “non-cooperation” of the West Bengal government after the State Police detained, and subsequently released, the CBI officials who visited Kolkata to question the Commissioner of Police, Rajeev Kumar.
Kumar was heading the Special Investigation Team that was probing the Saradha Chit fund Scam and the Rose Valley Ponzi Scam. He was summoned for questioning by the CBI on several occasions after some documents relating to the scams went missing. Kumar allegedly ignored these summons and is accused by the Interim Director of the CBI of “destroying evidence against himself.”