In a partial respite for now “missing” IPS officer, Rajeev Kumar the special CBI court hearing the multi-crore Sharada and other chit fund cases on Tuesday refused to pass any order on the Agency’s petition seeking non-bailable arrest warrant citing lack of jurisdiction.
The court at Barasat also refused Kumar’s application for anticipatory bail in the same case saying it lacked jurisdiction to grant or not grant anticipatory bails being a trial court and directed the parties to approach the court of District and Sessions Judge.
While the CBI had alleged that the top IPS officer was not only refusing to cooperate with its officials by giving misleading or no answers to specific queries but also he was repeatedly refusing to respond to its summons.
Kumar had appeared before the CBI sleuths at Shillong following a Supreme Court order which had after providing him a temporary shield from arrest directed him to appear before the Agency at a neutral venue outside Bengal.
Subsequently after the Supreme Court withdrew its shield and directed him to move the Calcutta High Court the latter two after providing some initial protections lifted the protective cover exposing the senior officer to CBI’s chances of arresting him.
Since then Kumar has not been heard off despite repeated CBI’s summons notices to appear before it forcing the Agency to move the court of original jurisdiction seeking a non-bailable arrest warrant against him.
Kumar, former Kolkata Commissioner of Police is being probed for his role
as the chief of the State Government constituted Special Investigation Team in investigating into the multi-crore Sharada chit fund case.
The CBI has alleged that the senior officer presently functioning as the Additional Director General of CID was not cooperating with it the investigation process despite Supreme Court and High Court directives.
The Calcutta High Court had on September 13 withdrawn the protection against arrest given the officer and directed him to cooperate with the CBI. Since then he had been at large and the State Government too responding to the letters written by the Central Agency seeking his whereabouts expressed its inability to contact him as his mobile phone and that too of his personal security officer were switched off. Kumar is reportedly on leave till September 25, the Government source said.