News By/Courtesy: Vagish | 28 May 2019 12:11pm IST

Rajeev Kumar, former IPS Police Commissioner of Kolkata has moved the Supreme Court by means of a writ petition for seeking stay of his arrest in Saradha Chit Fund Scam Case.  On May 2017, Supreme Court lifted the interim protection that was granted from arrest and the ex police Commissioner was given 7 days to seek legal remedies.  In his petition, Kumar says that apex court transferred the probe in the case to CBI not because of any lapses on the part of state police but due to the inter-state ramifications of the crime. The petition states that "the CBI has not made any attempts to summon the concerned Investigating Officers and/or to interrogate them in relation to the alleged tampering of evidence. The mala fides of the Respondent/CBI and complete disregard to process of law is evident as those entrusted with superintendence and supervision of the investigation have not been summoned in this regard and no allegations have been made against them regarding alleged destruction of evidence".

He was not in-charge of the day to day investigation of the case but was only responsible for logistical arrangements of the Special Investigation Team, states the petition. Therefore, he was no in exclusive or direct possession of evidence.  On February 3, the CBI and WB Police clashed when CBI was stopped by the police fro getting in police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar's house for questioning. The CBI moved the Supreme Court and the Apex court directed the ex police Commissioner to make himself available for investigation in CBI. The territory decided for investigation was Shillong.

The petition prays for grant of stay of arrest as such arrest would damage the reputation of the petitioner and cause an adverse impact on his service record.  Kumar mentions in the petition"the arrest of the Petitioner would not only tarnish his reputation but also adversely impact his impeccable service record. Such an arrest will lead to automatic suspension of the Petitioner from service. There is imminent chance of arrest if the Petitioner is not protected till the time the Courts in West Bengal take up for consideration the Anticipatory Bail Application of the Petitioner herein, which the Petitioner is unable to file because of the Resolutions passed by the Bar Council of West Bengal."

Section Editor: Shreyashi Tiwari | 28 May 2019 12:14pm IST

Tags : #Kolkata #Police #Commissioner #Appeals #Supreme_Court

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