Saradha chit fund scam: CBI denies issuing second summon to Rajeev Kumar

Kolkata: CBI on Tuesday denied issuing a second summon to former Kolkata police chief Rajeev Kumar after he failed to appear at the agency’s office on Monday in connection with the ongoing investigation into Saradha chit fund scam.

“No second notice has been issued to former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar,” the probe agency said in a statement. Kumar, who had failed to appear before the CBI on Monday, had written a letter to the probe agency saying he is on leave.

The agency will take the next course of action accordingly, CBI sources said. Kumar, who is accused of tampering with evidence in the multi-crore Saradha scam, was summoned on May 26 by the probe agency to appear before it at 10 am the next day. A Look-Out Notice was issued against Kumar by the agency even as CBI officials claimed that they were unaware of his whereabouts.

Meanwhile, the CBI on Tuesday interrogated Kolkata Police officer Prabhakar Nath in the multi-crore Saradha Chit Fund scam case, a CBI official said. The CBI also summoned two officials of West Bengal Police in connection with the case. Arnab Ghosh, the then Deputy Commissioner (detective department) of Bidhannagar Commissionerate, and senior police official Dilip Hazra have been summoned for questioning at CBI’s Kolkata office

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