New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation, probing the Saradha chit fund scam, will file an additional charge sheet against West Bengal’s former officer and Mamata’s close aide Rajeev Kumar for the destruction of evidence in the Saradha case.

According to sources, the CBI which was reportedly trying to get custodial interrogation of Rajeev Kumar, will name him in the supplementary charge sheet soon to be filed. The charge sheet may be filed against Kumar without arresting him. 

Rajeev Kumar was summoned five times in the last 26 months.  He appeared in front of the investigating officer after a legal battle, but CBI officials claim that he did not co-operate with the agency and did not reply to the questions he was asked. 

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CBI will question Rajeev in the apex court concerning the Saradha chit fund case.

His alleged link to the case

Rajeev Kumar was heading the special investigation team constituted by the Bengal state government to probe the chit fund case. CBI alleged that Rajeev Kumar destroyed some evidence which he collected during the investigation.

CBI also claimed that Rajeev Kumar did not handover the call record details of few accused to the agency when the case was transferred to CBI.

State vs Centre

Rajeev Kumar and Saradha chit fund scam are a clear example of why there is a significant struggle between the Bengal Police and CBI. 

While the CBI wanted to probe Rajeev Kumar, the Bengal Police filed 3 FIRs against CBI officers citing intimidation, immediately flaring up tensions between the Centre and the state.