A high voltage drama unfolded in Kolkata on Sunday evening as a group of CBI officials reached the residence of Police commissioner Rajeev Kumar at the Louden street to question him in connection with the Ponzi scheme scam cases.
It was nothing short of a virtual showdown as the police officials thwarted the CBI officers’ attempt to go inside, dragged them and forcibly took them to a nearby police station.
A group of CBI officials led by DSP Thathagata Bardhan reached Kumar’s residence at around 6.10 pm to ‘interrogate’ him in the chit fund scam cases. The CBI claimed that Kumar is ‘looked for’ in connection with Saradha and Rose Valley ponzi scam cases and that 1989 may even be arrested for his alleged involvement.
The Loudon street was cordoned off with heavy deployment of police outside Kumar’s residence a strong team of policemen was also deployed at the CGO complex where the CBI office is located.
While a team of CBI officials went to Shakespear Sarani police station, policemen at the top cop’s residence were seen getting involved in a heated argument following a scuffle after which the CBI officials were manhandled and dragged to a police jeep.
According to the CBI, the IPS officer, who led a Special Investigation Team of West Bengal Police probing the scams, has been summoned several times in the past as well but Kumar had neither responded to the notices nor turned up for questioning.
Meanwhile, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has thrown her weight behind Kumar and is now sitting on a dharna at the Louden street to protest against the latter’s questioning by the CBI.
“BJP is torturing Bengal,” Banerjee asserted as she backed police chief Rajeev Kumar calling him “the best in the world”.