SC Withdraws Protection Of Arrest Granted To Mamata’s Controversial Former Top Cop In Saradha ScamMamata Banerjee (DIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP/Getty Images)

The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday (17 May) withdrew the interim protection from arrest granted to Mamata Banerjee’s former top cop Rajeev Kumar in the Saradha scam probe, Bar and Bench has reported.

The interim protection which was granted to Kumar in February would expire after the next seven days. The SC bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi also ruled that the CBI is free to conduct investigation into this matter.

Kumar was heading the Special Investigation team (SIT) to probe the Saradha and Rose Vally Ponzi scams but failed to cooperate with the CBI in the matter despite various summons. Some evidence in the matter too has been said to have gone missing.

On 3 February, a CBI team which had arrived at Kumar’s Kolkata residence to question him was detained by the Kolkata police. Subsequently Mamata sat on a dharna to protest against the action and Kumar had to be questioned at a “neutral venue” in Shillong.

He was removed as the Kolkata police chief by the Home Ministry and was made the ADG CID. A couple of days back he was relieved of his latest position by the Election Commission which invoked article 324 over persistent violence and lawlessness in Bengal during the Lok Sabha elections.

An Appeal...

Dear Reader,

As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.

Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.

We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.

Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.

Become A Patron
Become A Subscriber
Advertisement