The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has recorded the statement of Kolkata Police Commissioner, Rajeev Kumar under section 161 of Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) in connection with the alleged destruction of evidence in Sarada and Rose Valley scam and in the presence of Investigative Officer Tathagata Bardhan, Jagrup S Gusinha, Partha Mukheree and PS Kalyan.
Biswajit Deb, who is also the TMC coordinator for Meghalaya, said Kumar was “cooperating and complying” with the CBI. He will be present at the CBI office for the second day tomorrow, said Deb, who met Kumar along with two senior IPS officers from West Bengal — Javed Shamim and Murlidhar Sharma — thrice during the day for brief periods.
The CBI officials had wanted to question Kumar to plug the holes in the Saradha investigation case as he was supposed to be in possession of certain key documents as a member of the special investigation team. The CBI maintains that they never got the pen drive and laptop seized by J&K police from Sudipta Sen and Debjani’s possession. This was handed over to the SIT but after the Supreme Court order, the case was handed over to the CBI in 2014 but these articles were not handed over the agency.
CBI also claims that the SIT did not inform the agency that there was already an FIR against Rose Valley group in Durgapur. The question is was there a deliberate attempt by the SIT to mislead CBI.
CBI maintains that Rajeev Kumar’s statement will be compared with the statement of others before they could be satisfied with the questioning.
As per sources, the joint interrogation of Kunal Ghosh and Rajeev Kumar is being recorded at the agency’s zonal office in Shillong.
SIT had handed over few seizure materials to former TMC MP Kunal Ghosh that was taken on the first day of the raid. Ghosh maintains that no inventory of the seizure was maintained by the SIT.
Kunal Ghosh had implicated BJP leader Mukul Roy, who was once the right-hand man of Mamta Banerjee and 12 others in the Saradha scam.
Sources say that the SIT did not do video shoot of any custodial interrogation. Though Ghosh was questioned by SIT five times, the West Bengal appointed SIT did video shoot the procedures.only once.