Saradha case: Apex Court rejects Rajeev Kumar’s plea

New Delhi: The  on Tuesday turned down former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar’s plea seeking setting up of a special bench to hear extension of his interim protection from arrest in the Saradha scam.

The Supreme Court registry informed Kumar’s counsel that the matter cannot be listed this week. Kumar was recently removed by the Election Commission (EC) from the post of Additional Director General – Criminal Investigation Department (CID) West Bengal and attached to the Home Ministry.

The former Bengal officer moved the top court on Monday, after it last week withdrew protection granted to him from arrest earlier on February 5 in the Saradha case, but gave him a week to approach other courts for relief. His protection from arrest ends on Friday.

Kumar’s counsel told a vacation bench, comprising Justices Indira Banerjee and Sanjiv Khanna, that the matter required urgent listing as a week of protection from arrest was not enough and he needed more time to approach a court in Kolkata, where the lawyers were on strike.

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