Game of cat and mouse between Former Kolkata Police commissioner Rajeev Kumar and the CBI

Game of cat and mouse between Former Kolkata Police commissioner Rajeev Kumar and the CBI

Recently, a high pitch political drama has been staged in West Bengal to evade arrest of former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar to prevent him from revealing the name influential people in the Saradha chit fund scam to CBI.
According to the CBI, Rajeev Kumar was involved in tampering of evidence and protecting certain politicians from an investigation in the Saradha and Rose Valley Chit fund scams. The CBI claimed that as the head of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) was probing the chit fund scam, Rajeev Kumar intentionally destroyed some vital evidences to protect some political high ups of the state.
Rajeev Kumar has gone incommunicado, maintaining suspense, since the Calcutta High Court vacated an earlier order last Friday granting protection to Kumar from arrest in Saradha chit fund scam. It also quashed his appeal seeking relief from appearing before the CBI for questioning. In the meanwhile CBI has launched a manhunt in the city for Mr Kumar through a special 12-member team.
CBI has sought the help of DGP and admistration about contact details and leave address of Mr Kumar through separate letters and in spite of initial drama to accept these letters Mamata Banarjee’s administration is claiming ignorance about the whereabouts of Kumar and making it too difficult to locate him. It has been reported that top bureaucrats and state DGP had several meetings, including one with the chief minister just to finalise the format of State’s reply to CBI on Kumar.
However, Mr Kumar is trying tooth and nail to get anticipatory bail to avoid custodian interrogation whereas CBI is trying its best to get a non-bailable arrest warrant against him. As the current development is triggering a political row right at the heart of Kolkata and has taken a very tumultuous turn and if a non-bailable warrant is issued against Rajeev Kumar, then it will be seen as big embarrassment not only for the senior officer but also for the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Rajeev Kumar is believed to be very close to Mamata and when the CBI had summoned Kumar for the first time for questioning last year, the West Bengal chief minister sat on a dharna against the CBI and Modi government.
West Bengal Congress president Somen Mitra apprehends that former Kolkata Police commissioner Rajeev Kumar “might get killed” so that he doesn’t name influential people in the Saradha chit fund scam.