On February 3, a CBI team was detained by Kolkata Police. This was not the first time the central investigation agency was harassed by the local police for looking into the role of “influential persons” in Saradha and Rose Valley chit fund scams.
Kolkata/New Delhi: In its prayer to arrest former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar, accused of scuttling the probes into Saradha and Rose Valley chit fund scams as the head of the SIT instituted to investigate, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has revealed how, last year, Kumar’s police force tried to slap false cases on CBI officials investigating the scams.
“…Concerted efforts were made by the State Police to intimidate and pressurise by summoning the CBI investigating and supervisory officers in unconnected cases,” the CBI told the Supreme Court on Friday.
In the documents submitted to the court, accessed exclusively by MyNation, the CBI narrated how the Kolkata traffic police when Kumar was their chief as Kolkata’s police commissioner attempted to harass one of its investigating officers (IO) by embroiling him in a false case.
This IO had issued a notice under “Section 160 of CrPC dated 05.12.2018” to one Manik Majumdar “authorised signatory of a bank account opened for a media entity ‘Jago Bangla’” to appear before the CBI on 13.12.2018 for questioning.
Majumdar, in turn, had expressed “his inability to appear citing his health condition vide letter dated 12.12.2018 and accordingly the Investigating officer visited his house to examine him,” the CBI document said.
Barely two days after this IO had visited Majumdar, he received a notice on February 3 this year from the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Traffic Department, Kolkata Police, for having violated traffic rules.
“The investigating office (IO) had travelled in a vehicle provided by the Government of West Bengal. In the said notice, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Traffic Department, falsely mentioned that upon enquiry they found the vehicle does not belong to either Kolkata Police or West Bengal Police,” the CBI told the apex court.
The premier investigating agency contended that “the vehicle bearing registration number WB 26R 4785 has been provided to the CBI by the Bidhan Nagar Police Commissionerate”.
“It is submitted that these intimidating acts by the police officers subordinate to Shri Rajeev Kumar, while he functioned as the Commissioner of Police, Kolkata, show that the acts are targeted to scuttle the investigation of the CBI in the cases involving influential persons and the police of different units were acting at the behest of their superior officer Shri Rajeev Kumar,” the CBI added.
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Last Updated Apr 7, 2019, 3:26 PM IST