SC orders Kolkata Police chief to appear before CBI

Supreme Court directs Rajeev Kumar to appear and make available to CBI and cooperate. The police chief cannot be arrested, Supreme Court says. The top court also asked the Chief Secretary DGP and Rajeev Kumar to file reply.

Supreme Court issues notice to Chief Secretary, DGP and Rajeev Kumar on CBI Contempt plea. The court will decide after the reply whether to summon them or not.Mr Kumar’s questioning to be done in Shillong. The next hearing is on February 20.

Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s sit-in protest against the centre entered Day 3 amid a full blown political stand-off that saw a host of opposition leaders extending support to the Trinamool Congress chief. The Central Bureau of Investigation, whose move to barge into the house of the Kolkata police chief and question him triggered the mega row, went to the Supreme Court, which will hear the evidence against Rajeev Kumar today. The CBI has accused Rajeev Kumar of being a “potential accused” in the Saradha and Rose Valley Ponzi schemes — cases he investigated — and said it was possible that he might have tried to destroy evidence.

Abhishek Manu Singhvi appearing for West Bengal government said, “It’s an attempt to humiliate and score point. What’s the great urgency? For 5 years there was no FIR. There is not a single FIR against Rajeev Kumar under 201 (Destruction of evidence) of the IPC.

Attorney General KK Venugopal pleads before the Supreme Court to initiate contempt of court proceedings against the alleged contemnors.

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