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CBI to quiz Kolkata Police chief on Feb 9

By The Assam Tribune

NEW DELHI/KOLKATA, Feb 7 - The CBI will question Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar on February 9 in Shillong in connection with Saradha scam, officials said on Thursday, in the backdrop of Sunday�s dramatic raid on Kumar�s residence by the agency that triggered a slugfest between the Centre and the state government.

The agency has also called former Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP Kunal Ghosh to Shillong on February 10.

The CBI wants to question Kumar, a 1989-batch IPS officer, as he was heading the SIT formed by West Bengal government to probe Saradha and other ponzi scheme cases, they said.

The CBI is relying on a 91-page letter from Ghosh, who was expelled by TMC, to the Enforcement Directorate, detailing the role of Kumar in handling the ponzi scam probe after the main accused Sudipta Sen and Debjani Mukherjee, both promoters of Saradha group of companies, had fled to Kashmir, officials said in Kolkata.

Sen and Mukherjee were arrested in 2013 from Kashmir.

�State police was first to enter the premises of Saradha Group post collapse and there are allegations that important documents which could have provided important leads were removed to cause disappearance of evidence,� a senior CBI official had said on the condition of anonymity.

The agency may confront Ghosh and Kumar to cross check their claims, CBI sources said.

�I got a telephone from the CBI asking me to be in Shillong on Sunday. I will be there and cooperate in every possible manner,� Ghosh told PTI.

Kumar�s questioning on February 9 will happen in the shadow of the raid on Sunday evening on his Kolkata residence by CBI officials. � PTI

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CBI to quiz Kolkata Police chief on Feb 9

NEW DELHI/KOLKATA, Feb 7 - The CBI will question Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar on February 9 in Shillong in connection with Saradha scam, officials said on Thursday, in the backdrop of Sunday�s dramatic raid on Kumar�s residence by the agency that triggered a slugfest between the Centre and the state government.

The agency has also called former Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP Kunal Ghosh to Shillong on February 10.

The CBI wants to question Kumar, a 1989-batch IPS officer, as he was heading the SIT formed by West Bengal government to probe Saradha and other ponzi scheme cases, they said.

The CBI is relying on a 91-page letter from Ghosh, who was expelled by TMC, to the Enforcement Directorate, detailing the role of Kumar in handling the ponzi scam probe after the main accused Sudipta Sen and Debjani Mukherjee, both promoters of Saradha group of companies, had fled to Kashmir, officials said in Kolkata.

Sen and Mukherjee were arrested in 2013 from Kashmir.

�State police was first to enter the premises of Saradha Group post collapse and there are allegations that important documents which could have provided important leads were removed to cause disappearance of evidence,� a senior CBI official had said on the condition of anonymity.

The agency may confront Ghosh and Kumar to cross check their claims, CBI sources said.

�I got a telephone from the CBI asking me to be in Shillong on Sunday. I will be there and cooperate in every possible manner,� Ghosh told PTI.

Kumar�s questioning on February 9 will happen in the shadow of the raid on Sunday evening on his Kolkata residence by CBI officials. � PTI