Mounting more pressure on the West Bengal government, CBI has now summoned another top cop from the state, Arnab Ghosh as part of its investigation into the Saradha chit fund scam. Ghosh was a member of the SIT that was constituted by West Bengal government to investigated the scam that brought many poor people on the streets.
The central agency is already behind Rajeev Kumar who was head of the said SIT. CBI believes that SIT has suppressed important information about the entire case.
Rajeev Kumar, who is considered to be a close aide of West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, skipped multiple CBI summons, seeking some more time to appear before the agency. In a bid to prevent him from leaving the country, the CBI also issued a look-out notice to the former Kolkata police chief. The notice, issued on May 23, will remain effective for one year, media reports said.
Earlier on Friday, the Supreme Court dismissed Kumar’s plea, seeking an extension of protection from arrest by the CBI. Kumar had earlier filed a petition seeking an extension of protection from arrest till concerned jurisdictional court in West Bengal decides his anticipatory bail plea.
The former Kolkata police chief was earlier granted protection from arrest by the apex court for seven days, which ended on Friday.