Kolkata: In a significant jolt to the CBI, the Calcutta Excessive Courtroom on Tuesday granted anticipatory bail to senior IPS officer Rajeev Kumar within the Saradha ponzi rip-off case.
The Excessive Courtroom’s Division Bench requested Kumar, who’s presently the Extra Director Basic, West Bengal Prison Investigation Division, to furnish a private bond of Rs 50,000 and two individuals as surety with the intention to get the aid.
The bench of Justices S. Munshi and S. Dasgupta ordered Kumar to current himself earlier than the Central Bureau of Investigation at any time when they summoned him for questioning associated to the multi-crore rip-off probe.
On the identical time, the court docket requested the CBI to provide a 48-hour discover to Kumar at any time when they needed to query him as a part of the probe.
The judges didn’t discover benefit within the CBI plea for Kumar’s custodial interrogation at this stage of the interrogation and mentioned he could be granted bail instantly if the probe company arrested him in reference to the case.
The court docket, nonetheless, mentioned that the CBI was free to maneuver an attraction to the next judiciary in opposition to the order.
Kumar moved his anticipatory bail software earlier than the Division Bench on September 24 alleging that the federal probe company was “hounding” him. The listening to was held “in-camera” following a plea by the IPS officer’s counsel.
On September 21, Kumar suffered a setback in his bid to safe pre-arrest bail when the Alipore District and Periods Courtroom rejected his plea.
Previous to that, the CBI had moved a petition for issuing a non-bailable arrest warrant in opposition to Kumar within the Alipore court docket, which disposed it off saying the previous Kolkata Police Commissioner might be arrested by the CBI in accordance with regulation if it felt that it was required.
The judiciary had earlier given Kumar interim safety on Might 30 after which prolonged it a number of occasions until the Calcutta Excessive Courtroom withdrew the safety on September 13.
The CBI had in Might despatched a discover to Kumar asking him to seem earlier than it and later issued a lookout discover in opposition to him alerting all airports and immigration authorities in opposition to him leaving the nation.
He earlier appeared earlier than the CBI in February and June and was grilled by the sleuths.
In line with the CBI, that they had later despatched him half a dozen notices since then, however the senior cop didn’t seem even as soon as earlier than the sleuths.
Kumar, because the then Commissioner of Bidhannagar Commissionerate, headed the particular investigation crew (SIT) arrange by the state authorities in 2013 that probed the ponzi rip-off.
The Supreme Courtroom in Might 2014 handed over the case to the CBI, which has accused him of tampering with proof and never handing over essential paperwork linked with the case.
The Saradha scandal got here to mild in April 2014, when the group firms closed store one after one other throughout Bengal after being unable to pay again the depositors, primarily poor individuals who, lured by the promise of giant returns, parked their life’s financial savings with the corporations.
As the corporate was busted, there was a spate of suicides by brokers and buyers and protests throughout the state.
Saradha Group promoter Sudipta Sen and likewise his shut affiliate Debjani Mukherjee are behind bars now.