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Saradha Scam: Very, Very Serious Allegations Made by CBI Against Kolkata’s Ex-police Chief, Says SC

Saradha Scam: Very, Very Serious Allegations Made by CBI Against Kolkata’s Ex-police Chief, Says SC

The CBI had moved the Supreme Court after its officials were thwarted by the Kolkata Police when they had gone to Rajeev Kumar’s official residence to question him on February 3.

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday termed as "very very serious" the revelations made by CBI in its fresh status report relating to the interrogation of the then Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam case.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said it cannot "close its eyes" if some "very very serious facts" are disclosed to it and directed CBI to file an application seeking appropriate relief against Kumar, who had earlier headed the state SIT on the chit fund scam.

The bench, which also comprised Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna, granted 10 days to the probe agency to filing its application.

Kumar and others can respond to the plea seven days thereafter. Supreme Court said that as the CBI's status report was filed in a sealed cover, it cannot pass any order at the moment without hearing the other side.

The apex court was hearing the CBI' contempt application against various senior officials of the West Bengal government including state's DGP and then Kolkata police chief on the ground of non-cooperation in its probe and alleged destruction of evidence.

The CBI had moved the Supreme Court after its officials were thwarted by the Kolkata Police when they had gone to Kumar’s official residence to question him on February 3.

Chief Minister Banerjee had rushed to the spot and staged a three-day ‘Save the Constitution’ sit-in against the CBI move, accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP national president Amit Shah of plotting a “coup”.