IN A relief to former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar, the Calcutta High Court granted anticipatory bail to the senior IPS officer in connection with the multi-crore-rupee Saradha chit fund scam on Tuesday, saying it was not an appropriate case for custodial interrogation. A bench comprising justices S Munshi and S Dasgupta said if Kumar was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with the case, he would have to be released immediately on bail by an appropriate court on two sureties of Rs 50,000 each.
Observing that Kumar had cooperated with the Central probe agency, which is investigating the case, the bench said it was not an appropriate case for custodial interrogation of the petitioner. It directed Kumar, who is currently the Additional Director General of the West Bengal Criminal Investigation Department (CID), to cooperate with the investigating officers. It also directed Kumar to make himself available before the investigating officers in the case for questioning on a 48-hour prior notice by the CBI.
On September 21, a pre-arrest bail plea of the IPS officer was rejected by the Alipore District and Sessions Court. The CBI has issued multiple notices to Kumar since May 27, asking him to appear before it for questioning as a witness in the Saradha chit fund scam. However, he did not appear before the CBI investigators and sought more time on every occasion, citing various reasons.