Supreme Court refuses Rajeev Kumar’s request for time

Tuesday 28 May 2019 1:00 am IST


New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a plea of former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar seeking an extension of protection from arrest in the multi-crore Sarada chit fund scam case.  


Kumar was earlier granted protection from arrest by the apex court for seven days which ends today. A vacation bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra said Kumar could approach the Calcutta High Court or the trial court there for seeking relief.


The CBI had found that Rajeev Kumar, the then inquiry officer in Sarada chit fund scam case, had destroyed vital evidence related to the case. In a petition filed before the Supreme Court seeking permission to question the accused senior IPS officer, the court permitted, but the former police commissioner had been granted protection from arrest for a seven-day period which ended on May 24. Rajeev Kumar is a close aide of Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress Leader Mamata Banerjee. Mr. Kumar led the special investigation team (SIT) formed by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to probe the Sarada scam before the case was handed over to the CBI by the supreme court.