The Sudipto Sen led Saradha Group Financial Scandal scammed hundreds and thousands of people majorly from the lower middle class and the financially poor section of West Bengal. The poor people were stripped off their life savings by this Government-backed institution that ran a Ponzi scheme which later transfigured into a major political scandal involving a number of politicians from the ruling party in West Bengal.
Rajeev Kumar who was a former Police Commissioner in Kolkata has purportedly been charged under criminal conspiracy in connection with the Sharda scam for tampering with crucial evidence and trying to obviate CBI from accessing important files and documents which shall lead to other kingpins in the scam. The Union Home Ministry led by Amit Shah fuelled with political enmity has made things even more unpleasant for the former IPS Officer. The Calcutta High Court had awarded an interim protection against arrest to Rajeev Kumar but had recently withdrawn the order.
The Sharda Scam which has left the State of West Bengal in distress and led to multiple suicides of the poor people who had put their hard-earned money in the chit fund had escalated into a criminal case.
Subrata Mukherjee, Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Kolkata affirmed that any person who fails to co-operate with the Investigating Agency with regards to a Criminal Case shall not be given any protection against a plausible arrest by the Agency. The Alipore Court, Kolkata, further iterated that the CBI does not need any order from the Court to direct an arrest of Rajeev Kumar in relation to the scam. This came right after CBI’s plea pleading for a non-bailable arrest against the former IPS Officer.
Rajeev Kumar has gone missing and could not be traced even after extensive search parties were conducted across the city by the Bureau. 14 officials were sent in by the Delhi office of the Bureau to assist in the probe, however, the whereabouts of the former top cop of Kolkata still remains a mystery.
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